Washtenaw County Records First Measles Case, Offers Vaccinations

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 04/08/2019 - 22:48

Washtenaw County has reported its first measles case, bringing the state total to 41 this year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. There have been 39 cases in Oakland County and another reported case in Wayne County.

Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years. The Washtenaw County Health Department is working with the state and Oakland County Health Division to identify possible exposure locations for the most recent cases. The Oakland County Health Division website has a list of measles exposure locations. Washtenaw County Health will post exposure locations at the following link.

The Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting walk-in vaccination clinics at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday.

If you have Medicaid or Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, or are uninsured or under-insured, there will be no cost to you for the MMR vaccine. If you have another form of private insurance, contact your healthcare provider for the vaccine.

According to the county, two doses of the MMR vaccine is about 97 percent effective at preventing measles and one dose is 93 percent effective. If exposed, about 90 percent of the people who have not been vaccinated or previously had measles will develop the disease, according to the county.

The county health department advises people to contact their health provider if they are unsure if they are vaccinated. People with questions can also call the health department at 734-544-6700.

The following FAQ is from the county website.

What are the symptoms of measles?

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth 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

How long after exposure do symptoms begin?

Symptoms usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear as long as 21 days after exposure. If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor, urgent care or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.

How is measles spread?

Measles is easily spread by person-to-person direct contact and airborne spread of droplets from the nose, throat, and mouth through sneezing, coughing, and speaking. A person can be infected with measles just by being in a room with an infected person, even up to 2 hours after the infected person has left.

How long is a person contagious?

Measles can be spread 4 days before developing the rash through 4 days after the rash appears. Measles is highly contagious.


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