More measles cases confirmed in Oakland County

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 14, 2019

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division recently confirmed seven more cases of measles in Oakland County.

The cases follow an announcement made March 13 confirming a case of travel-related measles from the Oakland County Health Division.

Officials said in the release that individuals may have been exposed to measles during the following times at the following locations:

 

March 14 – 19

• Congregation B’Nai Israel, 15400 W. 10 Mile Road in Oak Park.

• Ahavas Olam, 15620 W 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

• Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit, 24600 Greenfield Road in Oak Park.

• Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit, 15230 Lincoln St. in Oak Park.

March 15 – 18

• One Stop Kosher Food Market, 25155 Greenfield Road in Southfield.

March 15

• Young Israel of Oak Park, 15140 W. 10 Mile Road in Oak Park, 1-6 p.m.

• Kroger, 23675 Greenfield Road in Southfield, noon-3 p.m.

March 16

• Huntington Woods Minyan: 14130 Balfour St., Oak Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

March 17

• Yeshivas Darchei Torah School, 21550 W. 12 Mile Road in Southfield, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

March 18

• Kroger, 19853 W. 12 Mile Road in Southfield, 8-11 p.m.

• Berkley Medical Center, 1695 W. 12 Mile Road in Berkley, 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Meijer, 28800 Telegraph Road in Southfield, 1-4:30 p.m.

• Yeshivas Darchei Torah School, 21550 W. 12 Mile Road in Southfield, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

March 20

• Brede, Inc., 19000 Glendale Ave. in Detroit, 12noon-7:30 p.m.

 

According to health officials, measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that is spread not only by direct person-to-person contact, but can also be spread through the air by a contagious person sneezing or coughing.

The measles virus can live for up to two hours in the air after the infected person has coughed or sneezed, officials said.

Symptoms of measles are a high fever, which may spike to over 104 degrees; a cough; a runny nose; red, watery eyes; tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums and roof of the mouth two to three days after symptoms begin; and a rash that is red, raised or blotchy, which usually starts on the face and spreads to the trunk, arms and legs three to five days after the symptoms begin.

The symptoms of the disease usually begin seven to 14 days after exposure, but they can appear up to 21 days after exposure.

It is recommended that possibly exposed individuals watch for symptoms for 21 days after exposure to the virus. If symptoms do develop, health experts recommend calling ahead to the health care provider you plan to visit so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other people.

“Measles is in the community and highly contagious. You need to get vaccinated if you are unsure whether you have been vaccinated or unsure if you have had measles in the past,”  Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, said in the press release. “If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.”

The MMR vaccine is available through some health providers, the Oakland County Health Division offices in Southfield and in Pontiac, and at many pharmacies.

The vaccine is a two-dose series and costs $71 per dose. There is a $7 fee per vaccination, per client. The Health Division accepts health insurance, as well as Medicaid, Medicare, the Vaccines for Children program, cash and credit.

VFC offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children. There are additional fees for credit card payments.

Officials said no one will be denied access to the vaccine due to the inability to pay. In this case, a discounted/sliding fee schedule is available.

Additional sites of potential exposure may be identified as more information becomes available.

For more information about measles, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at (800) 848-5533, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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