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A measles outbreak is spreading in a Washington district known for not vaccinating its children, and health officials have declared a public health emergency.
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Health officials announced four new confirmed cases of measles in Oakland County late Thursday that were believed to be related to a sick traveler visiting the area earlier this month.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division are pushing people to vaccinate. The agencies also released an expanded list of places where people could have been exposed to the highly contagious disease, including shops, medical facilities and even the Oakland County Circuit Court.

In addition to the five confirmed cases, three further suspected cases are being investigated.

"It's definitely worrying, especially that there are so many already in the year," said Angela Minicuci, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Free Press.

The Health Division will host a special measles vaccine clinic from 10:00 to 14:00. Saturday at the South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield. The vaccine is also available at other times through this office and the health department's office in Pontiac, several healthcare providers and many pharmacies.

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Measles spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. A few days after the onset of symptoms, tiny white patches appear in the mouth, followed by a patchy red body rash.

The disease is spreading nationally. From January 1 to March 14, 268 cases were confirmed in 15 states, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Washington state, officials in a district known to have many residents opting not to vaccinate their children have declared a public health emergency.

Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, urged people to take in. I do not know if they have been vaccinated or if they have had measles in the past to get vaccinated.

"If you experience symptoms, you should not visit your doctor or your emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to avoid contact with other people," she said.

Earlier this month, health officials hailed a traveler from Israel Anyone who has been infected may have had the virus during his visit to Oakland County on 6-13. March spread. Officials believe the case is related to the four other confirmed and three suspected cases in the county.

Places of Potential Exposure

Health officials On Thursday, humans may have been exposed to measles in the following locations:

March 14 – 19

Congregation B & Nai Israel, 15400 W. 10 Mile Road, Oak Park

Ahavas Olam 15620 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield

Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit, 24600 Greenfield Road, Oak Park

Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit, 15230 Lincoln Street, Oak Park

One Stop Kosher Fo od Market, 25155 Greenfield Road, Southfield

March 15

The Young Israel of Oak Park, 15140 W. 10 Mile Road, Oak Park, 1-6 pm.

Kroger, 23675 Greenfield Road, Southfield, from 12:00 pm

March 16

Huntington Woods Minyan, 14130 Balfour Street, Oak Park, 8:30 am to 14 pm : 00 o'clock. 19659005] March 17

Yeshiva's Darchei Torah School, 21550 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

March 18

Kroger, 19853 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield, 8:00 pm

Berkley Medical Center, 1695 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley, 11:15 am-3:00 pm

Meijer, 28800 Telegraph Road, Southfield, 16 : 00 to 19:30

Yeshiva's Darchei Torah School, 21550 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

March 20

Brede, Inc., 19000 Glendale Ave., Detroit, from 12:00 to 19:30, called potential exposure locations:

March 15

Beaumont Reference Laboratory, 3601 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, from 10 to 2 pm

SKLD Bloomfield Hills, 2975 N Adams Road, Bloomfield Hills, 12:00 to 15:00

Westborn Market, 27659 Woodward Ave., Berkley, 12:30 to 15:30

Jax Kar Wash, 27054 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, 16.00

March 16

Beth Tefilo, 24225 Greenfield Road, Southfield, 8 to 11 pm

17. March

Beth Tefilo, 24225 Greenfield Road, Southfield, 8-23 pm

Lowes Home Improvement, 28650 Telegraph Road, Southfield, 12: 20-15: 30 [Low] Home improvement, 434 W 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, from 3 pm-7pm

Home Depot, 660 W. 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, 16: 30-19: 00

March 18

Building Oakland County Circuit Court, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Bldg. 12E, Pontiac, 13:30 to 17:00

ABC Warehouse, 24725 Southfield Road, Southfield, 15:30 to 19:00 [19659005] Universal Plumbing Supply, 14511 W. 11 Mile Road, Southfield, from 4:40 am -7: 30 pm

March 19

Buildings at 211 W. Fort St., Detroit , from 10 to 14 This site includes the Detroit Economic Club, the US Department of Labor and the US Passport Office, health officials said.

March 20

Beaumont Reference Laboratory, 3601 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, after 3:00 PM

Providence Park Novi Medical Building, 26850 Providence Parkway, Novi, after 1:00 PM.

For more information on measles, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call the Oakland County Health Division nurse at 800-848-5533 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Monday to Friday. The telephone line is also open during the vaccination clinic on Saturday.

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