April 21, 2019

More Confirmed Measles Cases Bring Total To 30

05 April 2019, 03:43 | Silvia Roy

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Under the state of emergency, anyone who is under 18 years of age and unvaccinated against the measles will be barred from public places until the declaration expires in 30 days or until they have received the MMR vaccination.

This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported.

In its latest surveillance report, the health department reported that there are now 26,956 measles cases reported from January 1 to March 30.

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Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services says 33 are in Oakland County, including four newly confirmed cases. Additional sites of potential exposures may be identified.

The measles immunization rate dropped to 40 percent after the vaccine scare that resulted from the controversy over the government's use of the dengue drug Dengvaxia, the DOH said. Two doses are about 97% effective.

The MMR vaccine can help prevent the disease in children and adults. MMR vaccines may be given as early as 6 months during outbreaks. Measles vaccine, or other acceptable documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally.

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Measles, which was thought to be almost eradicated in the 2000 along with mumps, is spread through direct contact as well as coughing and sneezing.

The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) is offering vaccination at their offices in Southfield and Pontiac on Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. In Oakland County, where the local outbreak is concentrated, more than 1,900 vaccinations have been given since March 14, MDHHS told Crain's.

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