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16 cases of measles confirmed among Ohio Amish; initial cases linked to trip to Philippines
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, April 25, 2014 2:34 PM EDT
Sixteen cases of measles have been confirmed among Amish in the Knox County area of north-central Ohio.
Local agencies offered two free vaccination clinics Friday in Knox County and neighboring Holmes County in an effort to limit the outbreak. A Department of Health spokeswoman says it appeared the clinics were "well-attended."
Measles symptoms appear one to three weeks after a person is exposed to the virus. Symptoms include fevers, coughs, rashes and pink eye.
U.S. measles outbreaks so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.