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End of measles outbreak could be in sight

7/17/2014

The Columbus Dispatch
By Dominic Binkley

The end of the measles outbreak could be in sight with the last confirmed case reported nearly three weeks ago.

The highly contagious disease has a incubation period that can last 21 days, and the last case was reported on June 30.

That means the outbreak could unofficially be over in the upcoming days, said Brian Fowler, chief of vaccine-preventable-disease epidemiology at the Ohio Department of Health.

However, the state won’t consider the outbreak officially over until two incubation periods, or 42 consecutive days, have passed, said agency spokeswoman Melanie Amato.

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