A measles outbreak spreads in a Washington district known for not vaccinating its children.
Michigan health authorities have confirmed that a measles-infected Israeli traveler may have spread the virus in Oakland County from March 6 to 13.
The traveler who visited shops was religious Institution and synagogue also traveled to New York, which is in the midst of its worst measles outbreak in decades. Measles also spread nationally. A total of 228 measles cases were reported in 12 states from the beginning of the year to 7 March, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that can be prevented by vaccines. It spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and they can stay in the air in which a person had to cough or sneeze for two hours.
Measles are so contagious that as many as 90% of those near an infected person become infected if, according to the CDC, they are not immune to vaccination or previous measles infection. A person with measles may be contagious four days before a rash occurs, and will be contagious for four more days thereafter.
Where did the measles-infected person go in Michigan?
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division say humans were exposed to measles at the following times, dates and locations:  Lincoln Liquor & Rx, 25901 Coolidge Highway, Oak Park: 12:20 to 14:45 on Friday, March 8
Health authorities say that additional bodies with potential exposure could be identified as more details become available.
What should you do if you have been exposed to measles?
For anyone who has been vaccinated and may have been exposed, health officials say that vaccination within 72 hours of exposure may limit the likelihood of contracting the disease. In addition, your doctor may recommend immunoglobulin (Ig) treatment, which is effective within six days of exposure to people at high risk of developing measles.
The highest risk is unvaccinated pregnant women and people with diseases that affect their immune system, such as HIV and diabetes, and people taking medications that weaken their immune systems.
This photo shows a bottle of measles vaccine at the Miami Children's Hospital in Miami. Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
Anyone born in 1957 or earlier is considered insensitive to measles.
If you think you may have been exposed, health officials suggest you look for symptoms 21 days after exposure. If symptoms develop, it is important that you contact the doctor's office you want to visit in advance to make arrangements to prevent other people from being exposed to measles.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Symptoms of measles generally occur about seven to 14 days after infection, but may occur up to 21 days after exposure. According to the CDC, measles infections usually start with:
- high fever that can rise above 104 degrees
- runny nose
- red, watery eyes
About two or three days after the respiratory symptoms are initially tiny white spots, so-called Koplik spots, often seen on the gums, palate and cheeks.
There is also a red, raised, patchy rash that usually begins on the face before spreading to the trunk, arms, and legs.
"Immunizations are the best way to protect our families and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, especially in light of the recent outbreaks at both national and international levels," said Drs. Russell Faust, medical director of the Oakland County Health Division, in a news release.
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In Michigan The Public Health Act requires that children enrolled in public or private schools are licensed licensed daycare centers and pre-schools. Kindergarten teachers must have vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chickenpox and hepatitis B before starting school. Children who are in seventh grade must also be vaccinated against meningococcal vaccination.
If there is no medical reason to rescue children from the vaccine, parents who want to refuse must receive a waiver from the district health department to enroll their children in the school. They can apply for exemptions that allow them to skip vaccines if they have philosophical or religious objections.
In Oakland County, approximately 4.8 percent of schoolchildren received vaccination waivers in 2017, the last year for which waiver data were available. In some areas of Michigan, one in ten school-aged students has already been exempted from receiving a vaccine at school.
For them and other unvaccinated Michigander, this means a risk for potentially life-threatening diseases such as measles, whooping cough and mumps, Terri Adams, a registered nurse and department head of the Department of Immunization of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services told the Free Press previous interview.
"In Michigan, we saw the highest number of measles cases in 24 years in the past year," Adams said. The state confirmed 19 in Washtenaw and Oakland in 2018.
Where can I get vaccinated against measles?
The combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is available at the offices of the Oakland County Health Division at 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac and 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield. Many pharmacies and medical practices can also offer vaccinations.
The Oakland County Health Division accepts health insurance as well as Medicaid, Medicare, Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, cash and credit. VFC offers free vaccines for eligible children. The vaccine is given in two doses, and each dose costs $ 71 and an additional $ 7 per vaccine.
The Oakland County Health Division says it will not deny vaccination to anyone because they can not pay. A discounted / sliding fee table is also available.
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