A “school age” Hudson child is suspected of being infected with measles, sparking an investigation by the Summit County Health District and warnings to parents.
The child is recovering at home.
Meanwhile, health and school officials are alerting anyone who might have come in contact with the child. It is not known if the child was immunized, a requirement for most children entering kindergarten. Exceptions are made for cancer patients and others with compromised immunity symptoms.
Summit County’s last measles case was in 2010 involving an adult who had traveled to a foreign country with a measles outbreak.
The health district says early symptoms may include runny nose, cough, watery eyes and fever followed by a rash that begins on the face and moves downward.
Signs of illness come 10 to 12 days after exposure. A person is infectious between four days before and four days after the rash begins.
Dr. Margo Erme, of the health department, said it will be two to four days before tests determine if the child really has measles.
“I think it is important for people to realize there is not a measles outbreak in Summit county, this is a suspect case,” she said.
She also said “this is a good opportunity for people to review their vaccination status.”
Hudson schools alerted parents of the situation by phone.