June 24, 2019

More confirmed measles cases in Auckland

10 April 2019, 11:10 | Silvia Roy

More confirmed measles cases in Auckland

More confirmed measles cases in Auckland

The number of measles casesin MI has reached 41, including the first reported in Washtenaw County.

Toi Te Ora Public Health said four cases of the highly infectious viral illness have occurred over the last three weeks.

In Brooklyn's Williamsburg community alone, 41 new cases were reported in the past week, according to the city's health department. The newly confirmed cases were in Oakland and Washtenaw counties, bringing the case count to 39 in Oakland County, one in Washtenaw County and one in Wayne County.

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Officials said those with the illness range in age from 8 months to 63 years old.

As the list of possible exposure locations grows, many people are concerned about becoming infected. There are no public exposure sites reported for the Wayne County case. The highly contagious disease primarily affects children, but measles can strike adults - and with serious complications. 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.

The CDC recommends everyone get the MMR vaccine, which they say is 97% effective.

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Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say 465 cases of measles have been registered in the country in 2019 as of last week, an increase of almost 100 cases since the previous week's figure of 387, the New York Post reports. There have been outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, identified in five states: New York, Washington, New Jersey, California and MI.

Symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose, sore red eyes and white spots inside the mouth. "After three to five days, a rash appears on the face and then moves down the body".

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.

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