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Two more measles cases were identified in Michigan due to international travel



(WXYZ) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has identified two more cases of measles in Michigan for 2018.

Both cases are related to international travel and the individuals involved were residents of Oakland and Washtenaw Counties. 19659002] Neither case is related to the two previous Michigan cases of 2018, but all four were the result of exposure outside the country.

MDHHS says one of those affected arrived at DTW on July 18 and did not inform officials about it, but was considered contagious at the time. Health officials are about to contact potentially exposed passengers from the flight.

In addition, limited exposure to others may have occurred at DTW when the person left the international baggage claim area. MDHHS says the second person was not contagious during their flight or during their time at DTW

Those exposed to DTW should be alert for symptoms consistent with measles 21

days after potential exposure. If symptoms do occur, MDHHS tells you to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Measles Symptoms begin with high fever, red eyes, coughing and runny nose, followed by a red, raised body rash that starts on the head and face (19659002) "Measles are easy to spread, and these cases emphasize the importance to be up-to-date with all vaccinations to ensure everyone's protection, "said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS Chief Medical Executive. "In the end, vaccines are the best way to protect our families and communities from the harmful, sometimes fatal, consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles."

                


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