Measles In Oakland County: List Of Locations, Times Of Possible Exposure

March 15, 2019 - 7:07 am

PONTIAC (WWJ) - Officials are on high alert in Oakland County after a case of measles was discovered this week.

The Health Department says someone traveling from Israel visited several businesses while sick, including a liquor store in Oak Park and a pizza and bagel shop in Southfield.

Officials already knew where the patient visited while in town, but now they are releasing specific dates and times he was at those locations -- which is crucial because measles is extremely contagious.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should watch for symptoms for 21 days.

Potential exposures may have occurred daily from March 5 through March 13 at the following locations:

• Ahavas Olam Torah Center -- 15620 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield
Fri., March 8, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

• Congregation Ahavas Yisroel -- 25952 Greenfield Road in Oak Park
Wed., March 6, Fri., March 8, and March 10 - March 13 after 9:00 a.m

• Congregation Yagdil Torah -- 17100 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield
Tues., March 5, Wed., March 6, Thurs., March 7, and Sun., March 10 after 10:00 p.m.
Sat., March 9 – All Day
Mon., March 11 and Tues., March 12 after 7:00 p.m.

• Dovid ben Nuchim Aish Kodesh -- 14800 Lincoln St, Oak Park
Tues., March 5 and Wed., March 6, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

• Jerusalem Pizza -- 26025 Greenfield Road, Southfield
Tues., March 12 and Wed., March 13, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit -- 15230 Lincoln Street, Oak Park
Thurs., March 7, after 8:30 a.m.

• Lincoln Liquor & Rx -- 25901 Coolidge Highway, Oak Park
Fri., March 8, 12:20 - 2:45 p.m.

• Mikveh Israel Inc. -- 15116 W. 10 Mile Road in Oak Park
Fri., March 8, after 4:00 p.m.
Mon., March 11, after 11:30 a.m.

• One Stop Kosher Market -- 25155 Greenfield Road in Southfield
Wed., March 6, 2:00- 5:00 p.m.
Fri., March 8, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Tues., March 12, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

• Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit (Synagogue) -- 24600 Greenfield Road in Oak Park
Thurs., March 7, after 2:00 p.m.
Sun., March 10, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wed., March 11, after 6:15 p.m.

Cases of the measles have been popping up in recent months across the country, officials say because of a rising anti-vaccination movement. 

Health officials say vaccine prophylaxis is effective within 72 hours of exposure. 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 Ig is right for you and if it is available.

Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air by a contagious person sneezing or coughing. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person coughed or sneezed, according to health officials.

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 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

High-risk individuals include pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised. Individuals born in or before 1957 are considered immune.

For more information on measles, visit the Oakland County website or call Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.