Confirmed measles case travels through Ky. airport

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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Kentucky health officials reported the Ohio Health Department confirmed a case of the measles in a person from Ohio, but the person traveled through the Northern Kentucky International Airport while contagious.

Officials said they are working to contact people who may have been exposed on two specific dates: January 27 and January 29.

Kentucky River District Public Health Director Scott Lockard said the CDC is reporting there have been no confirmed measles cases in Kentucky in 2023 but said there is a key component to keeping folks safe.

“The risk for people developing the measles is very low if they have been vaccinated,” said Lockard. “The CDC states that the vaccination rate is 97% effective.”

Back in 2000, the CDC even reported the measles was eliminated due to the effectiveness of the widespread MMR vaccine.


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