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Confirmed measles cases up to 30 in Oakland, Wayne counties

Confirmed measles cases up to 30 in Oakland, Wayne counties”

It spreads either through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the patient coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms usually begin seven to 14 days after exposure but can appear up to 21 days later, according to officials.

There have been 33 cases of measles confirmed in Oakland County during the recent outbreak, and one confirmed case in Wayne County.

White spots on inner cheeks, gums and roof of the mouth.

Two babies, aged 8 and 11 months, have been infected in a rare outbreak of measles in Australia as the highly contagious disease makes a comeback in East Asia and the Pacific.

The news doesn't get any better on a national level as 387 measles cases have been confirmed across 15 states. "This landmark decline was achieved through steady efforts to vaccinate all children against measles, but a year ago, measles cases in the Region increased by 250 percent, and more than two-thirds of cases were in the Philippines", the World Health Organization said.

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The vaccine for measles, prophylaxis, is effective within 72 hours of exposure.

The CDC says one dose of the measles vaccine, known as the MMR vaccine, is about 93% effective at preventing measles if you come in contract with the virus. "A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune", the state health department writes in its release. Additional sites of potential exposures may be identified.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals. A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6.

If you have been exposed or have symptoms of measles, you should mention this when booking an appointment to provide further exposure. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you and if it is available.

In its latest surveillance report, the Health department reported 26,956 measles cases with 381 deaths from January 1 to March 30. In the fifty years since the first measles vaccine was introduced in the United Kingdom it is estimated that 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths have been averted.

For more information, please find enclosed a fact sheet about measles from the Genesee County Health Department.

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