(WWJ) There’s a new case of the measles confirmed in Michigan, bringing the state total to 44 for 2019.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that the new case is in St. Clair County and involves a person who was traveling internationally and visited the state.
Officials add that this particular case is not linked to the measles outbreak in Southeast Michigan.
However, as a result of this new case there are two exposure locations in Macomb County:
- May 11, 5 – 7 p.m. Costco, 27118 Gratiot, Roseville.
- May 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saints Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Parish, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights.
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.
With that in mind, anyone who visited the above locations during the time periods stated should monitor themselves for signs of measles 21 days after exposure and consult their healthcare provider if they have not been vaccinated or are unsure of their vaccination status.
A measles outbreak in Michigan, which began in mid-March, has resulted in 42 cases in Southeast Michigan. In addition, an international traveler was diagnosed with measles following a visit to Washtenaw County. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults.
This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced there have been 839 cases of measles confirmed in 23 states.
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).
- 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 others.
Health officials continue to stress that the measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe, and that you cannot get measles from the vaccine.
The Macomb County Health Department is hosting vaccination clinics at the following locations:
- Mount Clemens Health Center, 43525 Elizabeth Road, Mt. Clemens, May 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and May 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Call 586-465-8537 for regular clinic hours).
- Southwest Health Center, 27690 Van Dyke, Warren, May 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Call 586-466-6800 for regular clinic hours.)
All Michiganders are urged to contact their healthcare provider or local health department about getting vaccinated for measles if they have not been vaccinated. A complete listing of local health departments is available at Malph.org/resources/directory.