The Center for Disease Control reported cases of measles outbreaks are increasing nationally with 51 cases recorded.

In Columbus, 32 cases of the measles were reported with 31 of those found in unvaccinated children. Dr. John Venglarcik, professor of pediatrics at North East Ohio Medical University, says people without a measles vaccine could create some health issues in the valley.

"This is probably the most contagious disease that we know of and because of that, it is a concern that it could be easily spread," Venglarcik said.

The CDC and World Health Organization describes the measles outbreak as an imminent threat. The highly contagious airborne disease is spread in places like daycare centers and schools; which could potentially cause blindness or hearing loss.

Infectious Disease Specialists, Dr. Dee Banks, says getting the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine provides long-term protection for individuals.

The vaccine requires two doses of MMR with the first administered at 12-15 months of age and the second between ages four and six.