UPDATE: 30 confirmed cases of measles in Michigan

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Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The county in New York City’s northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, hoping a ban against […]

UPDATE: Oakland County Health Division is reporting that 2005 measles vaccinations given since March 14th.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed an additional eight measles cases, bringing the state total to 30 since March 13th.

29 cases were in Oakland County and one in Wayne County. Infected individuals range in age from one to 63.

Oakland County has known exposure sites listed online while Wayne County sites may be identified as more information becomes available.

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

Individuals who were possibly exposed are advised to watch for symptoms 21 days after exposure. Initial symptoms include high fever, cough, and runny nose. Additionally, tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth can occur two to three days after initial symptoms begin. Within three to five days a red rash that is raised and blotchy will usually start on the face, spread to chest, arms, and legs.

If symptoms develop, it is crucial to call ahead to the healthcare provider so they can take precautions to prevent exposure in other individuals.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air by a contagious person sneezing or coughing. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

The MMR vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure and treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals. High-risk individuals include pregnant women, those who are immune-compromised, or individuals born before 1958.

A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, almost 100 percent are immune.

From 2001 to 2012, the average number of measles cases reported nationally per year was about 60. So far this year, there have been 314 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

In 2018, Michigan had 19 cases of measles which was the most reported in the state since 1994.

For more information about Michigan’s current measles outbreak, visit Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak.

For more information about measles, visit CDC.gov/measles.

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