Health officials: Confirmed measles cases at 34 in MI

Leslie Hanson
April 5, 2019

This is the highest number of confirmed cases of measles in MI since 1991, when 65 were counted.

In its latest surveillance report, the Health department reported 26,956 measles cases with 381 deaths from January 1 to March 30.

29 of those confirmed cases have been in Oakland County while the state says one confirmed case is in Wayne County.

According to State Health officials, eight new cases of measles have been confirmed as of April 2 in Oakland County, which brings the total number of measles cases in 2019 to 30.

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.

One dose of the vaccine protects 95 percent of children and two protects almost 100 percent, according to the state.

As Rockland County officials continue to work to contain a measles outbreak that has infected 161 people since it began previous year, another free measles vaccine clinic has been announced. 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 global travel planned. Infants lose their maternal immunity by about 6 months of age, so are vulnerable for around another six months.

Medical staff, infants and those who look after infants under the age of one could get vaccinated against measles starting Wednesday in Macau. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, or by direct contact.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present.

The OCHD is offering vaccination at its offices in Southfield, 27725 Greenfield Road, and Pontiac, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. In Oakland County, where the local outbreak is concentrated, more than 1,900 vaccinations have been given since March 14, MDHHS told Crain's.

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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