Hudson — The Summit County Public Health Department and Hudson school district 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. The district advised 18 students who have not been vaccinated to stay home, but the school remains open.
The health department notified the district May 5 after being told by a doctor of the suspected case. It takes about four to five days for 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 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).
For details and a fact sheet on measles, call the Communicable Disease Division at the Summit County Public Health at 330-375-2662.