MDHHS: 4 New Cases Of Measles Confirmed In Oakland County

Officials released a list of potential exposure locations.

March 21, 2019 - 11:44 pm

PONTIAC, Mich. (WWJ) -- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Oakland County Health Division on Thursday confirmed four new cases of measles in Oakland County.

The MDHHS says these cases come after a confirmed travel-related measles was announced by the Health Division last week.

“Measles is in the community and highly contagious. You need to get vaccinated if you are unsure whether you have been vaccinated or unsure if you have had measles in the past,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County.

Those who develop symptoms of measles are urged not to visit the doctor or emergency room without calling ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to others.

Unvaccinated individuals need to get vaccinated. If you are unsure whether you have been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, contact your healthcare provider. Watch for symptoms for 21 days after potential exposure. Vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure to prevent illness. In addition, Immune Globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals. Talk to your preferred healthcare provider to determine if Immune Globulin is right for you and if it is available. High-risk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and disease like diabetes or HIV, malnutrition, and/or medications).  

Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:

  • High fever (may spike to over 104˚F)
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin
  • A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin

Officials released a list of locations, dates and times where exposures may have occurred over the last week.

March 14 – March 19

  • Congregation B’Nai Israel: 15400 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park
  • Ahavas Olam: 15620 W 10 Mile Rd., Southfield
  • Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit: 24600 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park
  • Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit: 15230 Lincoln St., Oak Park

March 15 – March 18

  • One Stop Kosher Food Market: 25155 Greenfield Rd., Southfield

March 15

  • Young Israel of Oak Park: 15140 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park, After 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Kroger: 23675 Greenfield Rd.: Southfield, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

March 16

  • Huntington Woods Minyan: 14130 Balfour St., Oak Park, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 17

  • Yeshivas Darchei Torah School: 21550 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

March 18

  • Kroger: 19853 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
  • Berkley Medical Center: 1695 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Meijer: 28800 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, 1:00 – 4:30p
  • Yeshivas Darchei Torah School: 21550 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

March 20

  • Brede, Inc.: 19000 Glendale Ave., Detroit, 12:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The Health Division will host a special measles vaccination clinic open to the public -- Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Rd., Southfield. No other vaccines will be available at the clinic.

For more information about measles and additional places of possible exposures, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.