Measles cases reach 39 in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed five additional measles cases, bringing the state total to 39 for this year.

The newest confirmed cases are all in Oakland County, which brings the case count to 38 there, and one in Wayne County.

Those infected range in age from 8 months to 63 years.

MDHHS is working closely with the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) to identify possible exposure locations for these latest cases.

In response to the latest confirmed cases, OCHD is hosting a special measles vaccination clinic open to the public Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield.

No other vaccines will be available at the clinic.

OCHD’s Nurse on Call phone line will be open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, to answer questions.

Please call 800-848-5533 or email noc@oakgov.com.

Also, the MDHHS is reporting that the Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles unrelated to the Michigan outbreak in its state with exposure locations in Sturgis, Mich.

Individuals who visited these locations March 31 may have been exposed and are urged to watch for signs of measles:
• Holy Angels Catholic Church – 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091
• San Miguel Grocery – 211 Jacob St., Sturgis, MI 49091
• Walmart Supercenter – 1500 S. Centerville Road, Sturgis, MI 49091

" A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, almost 100 percent are immune," the MDHHS reports. "The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age. A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years."

MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or international travel planned.

High-risk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications.

"This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported."

So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

WHAT IS MEASLES?
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:
• High fever (may spike to over 104˚F).
• Cough.
• Runny nose.
• Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).
• Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin.
• A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin.
• If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.