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Measles outbreak complicates 2 big Amish events

July 1, 2014
Associated Press

SHILOH, Ohio (AP) — Two upcoming events in Ohio's Amish Country are raising concerns about the spread of a measles outbreak.

Health officials say Ohio's current outbreak consists of more than 360 cases and is the biggest in the U.S. since 1994.

A showcase for horse-drawn equipment runs Friday and Saturday in Holmes County in central Ohio and is expected to draw thousands of Amish and others from around the world.

Many people are also expected in Wayne County on Saturday at an annual auction that raises money to help Amish families pay medical bills for children with birth defects.

Dr. D.J. McFadden is the Holmes County Health Commissioner. He says it's possible visitors could be exposed at one of these events and travel home where a new outbreak could begin.

 
 

 

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