Measles outbreak continues, cases reach 41 in MI


There are now 41 cases of Measles in Michigan, now including 1 case in Washtenaw County, according to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). And a new case in Oakland County brings that area's total to 39. Known exposure sites in Oakland County are listed at Those susceptible to measles include children under one year of age, the unvaccinated, those with weakened immune systems and people born in or after 1970 who never received a measles-containing vaccine.

Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable respiratory illness characterized by a rash of flat red spots.

The vaccine is about 97% effective after two doses. "The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age". This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the USA since measles was eliminated in 2000.

Michiganders are urged to contact their healthcare provider or local health department about getting vaccinated for measles if they have not been vaccinated.

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If cases continue to accumulate, the USA may see more measles diagnoses in 2019 than in any year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. It covers people who live in four ZIP codes in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, where more than 250 people have gotten measles since September.

You can not get measles from the vaccine.

If you've been exposed, the vaccine will work if given within 72 hours. Most of the outbreaks now underway - including that among New York City's Orthodox Jewish community - began when worldwide travelers brought measles back from countries such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, then spread the disease to unvaccinated individuals back home, according to the CDC.

High-risk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications).