Case of travel-related measles confirmed in Oakland County

    Health officials have confirmed a case of travel-related measles in Oakland County, Michigan. (MGN Image)

    OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A case of travel-related measles has been confirmed in Oakland County.

    According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division, the case of travel-related measles is visiting from Israel following a stay in New York.

    People may have been exposed to the disease at the following locations:

    • Lincoln Liquor & Rx at 25901 Coolidge Highway in Oak Park on Friday, March 8, from 12:20 to 2:45 p.m.
    • Jerusalem Pizza at 26025 Greenfield Road in Southfield on Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Health officials said potential exposures may have also occurred daily between March 6 and March 13 at the following locations:

    • One Stop Kosher Market at 25155 Greenfield Road in Southfield
    • Ahavas Olam Torah Center at 15620 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield
    • Congregation Yagdil Torah at 17100 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield
    • Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit at 24600 Greenfield Road in Oak Park
    • Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit at 15230 Lincoln Street in Oak Park

    Officials will release additional sites of potential exposure as more information becomes available.

    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. 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 104F)
    • 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

    Individuals who were possibly exposed are advised to watch for symptoms 21 days after exposure. If symptoms develop, it is crucial to call ahead to the healthcare provider you plan to visit so they can take precautions to prevent exposure in other individuals.

    High-risk individuals include those who have not been vaccinated or are unsure of their measles immunity, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and disease like diabetes or HIV, malnutrition, and/or medications).

    According to the MDHHS, individuals born in or before 1957 are considered immune.

    "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection." said Dr. Russell Faust, Medical Director for Oakland County Health Division. "Immunizations are the best way to protect our families and communities from vaccine preventable diseases like measles, particularly in light of recent outbreaks nationally and worldwide."

    The MMR vaccine is available through some health providers and many pharmacies.

    If you're interested in receiving the MMR vaccine, it is a two-dose series and costs around $71 a dose. There is a $7 fee per vaccination, per client.

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