Four cases of Measles confirmed in Bay of Plenty

Desiree Burns
April 10, 2019

The number of confirmed measles cases in MI now stands at 39, the highest number of cases since 1991.

That's 78 more cases than the number reported last week and includes cases reported to the CDC by state health departments as of April 4, it therefore does not include cases reported since then.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed almost 100 more measles diagnoses since last week, pushing the 2019 case count closer to record levels less than halfway through the year.

Oakland County has a list of potential exposure sites on their county website, and Washtenaw will update their site with the same information as soon as they have it. Children too young to be vaccinated, or who have only had one dose of vaccine, are more likely to get infected.

While measles is a highly contagious virus, Sutfin said exposure sites are not required to follow any special guidelines, as the virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person.

The vaccine is about 97% effective after two doses. After two doses, nearly 100% are immune. That is the highest case count in MI since 1991.

Michiganders are urged to contact their healthcare provider or local health department about getting vaccinated for measles if they have not been vaccinated.

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There are now four cases of measles linked to the Mount Maunganui area.

Measles is a serious, highly infectious viral illness.

People with measles can spread it to others even before they start feeling sick, so often don't know that they might be exposing others.

Another layer was added to the Metro Detroit measles outbreak this weekend as Birmingham schools made parents aware of a case at Derby Middle School. The disease can spread through the air from coughs or sneezes, making it especially easy to transmit, and the virus can live in the air for two hours, meaning anyone who breathes the air in that time can contract the virus.

Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin.

Resurgence of the preventable illness is due largely to pockets of vaccine skepticism around the country.

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