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Four measles cases linked to Mount Maunganui

Four measles cases linked to Mount Maunganui”

One case was earlier reported in Wayne County.

Current infected patients range in age from 8 months to 63 years old, according to the state. Measles is highly contagious and is spread by personal contact and through the air. Michigan's health department is working with Oakland County to pinpoint locations of exposure. Additional sites of potential exposures will be identified and listed as more information is learned. Known exposure sites in Oakland County are listed at Oakgov.com/health.

Measles is one of the world's most contagious diseases, and an outbreak is occurring in metro Detroit.

MDHHS would like to take this time to remind Michiganders that the measles vaccine is effective, safe, and readily available through your healthcare provider or local health department.

The Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic on Tuesday, April 9. By 1990s, doctors determined that a second dose of the vaccine is needed to ensure maximum protection, which nearly made measles a thing of the past.

Dr Jim Miller, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health, says with measles now reported locally, it's most important that parents ensure their children receive their routine measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisations on time at 15 months and four years of age.

A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years.

"MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or worldwide travel planned". Measles vaccine, or other acceptable documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally.

Ottawa Public Health says this latest case of measles is connected to worldwide travel. Back in the mid-20th century, measles cases in the United States numbered in the hundreds of thousands per year, but, by 1970, the disease had been almost eradicated thanks to the introduction of a vaccine for it.

What are the symptoms of measles? People then develop spots inside their mouth and sometimes a rash and a sudden fever spike, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of measles usually begin within a wee to 14 days after exposure, but can remain dormant up to 21 days.



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