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This photo shows the skin rash on a patient’s abdomen three days after the onset of a measles infection. (credit: CDC/ Heinz F. Eichenwald, MD)

Oakland County Measles Outbreak Officially Over

June 05, 2019 - 12:28 pm

(WWJ) The measles outbreak in Oakland County has ended, according to health officials. 

The Oakland County Health Division made the announcement Wednesday, following largest local measles outbreak since 1991. 

A majority of confirmed measles cases in Michigan this season -- 40 of the total 44 cases -- were in Oakland County. Those infected ranged in age from eight months to 63 years old.

During the outbreak, which began in March and involved a traveler from New York, more than 3,300 hundred measles vaccines were given to people in Oakland County.

Health officials say a key part of containing the outbreak was providing help to healthcare providers, schools, summer camps and other local organizations along with widespread community education efforts. 

“The end of this outbreak is a true testament to the work of Health Division staff and our invaluable community partners,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division. “We are thankful that this outbreak has ended, and hope it also serves as a reminder of how important getting vaccinated is to prevent future outbreaks in Oakland County.”

“Health Division leaders and staff worked tirelessly to combat this outbreak and protect the health and safety of Oakland County residents,” added County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, in a statement. “Their effort is a remarkable example of the dedication and care it takes to contain such a highly contagious illness."

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 -- including high fever, cough, red eyes, tiny white spots and/or a rash -- usually begin seven to 14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure.

For more information about measles and how to get vaccinated, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.