Hudson —  The Summit County Public Health department and Hudson City School District officials are investigating a "suspected" case of measles at Evamere Elementary School.

"We have had a suspected, not confirmed, case of measles in an Evamere student," Hudson Schools Communications Manager Sheryl Sheatzley said May 6.

Due to the suspected case, the district advised 18 students who have not been vaccinated to stay home, Sheatzley added. The school remains open.

The health department notified the district May 5 after being notified by a doctor of the suspected case. It takes about four to five days for a case of measles to be confirmed, Sheatzley said.

"This is not a cause for panic, but awareness of symptoms will help parents seek medical attention more quickly if necessary," according to a May 5 press release from the Summit County Health District. "Measles, (rubeola or 9-day measles) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus."

Symptoms of measles can appear 10 to 12 days after exposure and include a fever greater than 101 degrees, a cough, runny nose, and/or conjunctivitis (pink eye).

A red blotchy rash usually appears about 14 days after exposure and lasts up to six days. The rash begins at the hairline, then involves the face and upper neck. Over the next three days, the rash gradually proceeds downward and outward, reaching the hands and feet. Spots may also appear on the gums and inside of the cheeks.

According to the health department, a person is most infectious from about four days before to four days after the rash begins. The spread of measles is particularly likely in households, schools, healthcare settings and other institutions.

For more information and a fact sheet on measles visit the Hudson City Schools website pupil service page or call the Communicable Disease Division at the Summit County Public Health at 330-375-2662.