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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)

Health Alert: Washtenaw County Measles Case, 18 New Potential Exposure Sites Identified

April 12, 2019 - 4:18 pm
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ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Health officials have confirmed a case of measles in Washtenaw County, adding 

In an update out Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Washtenaw County Health Department say this particular case is linked to international travel and is not part of the current Michigan outbreak.

However, officials want to alert the public to potential exposure to measles several new locations as a result of this new case. 

The new potential exposure sites are the following:

  • University of Michigan Intramural Sports Building, 606 E Hoover Avenue, Ann Arbor on April 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and April 4, 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Lucky’s Market, 1919 S Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor on April 1, 1 to 4 p.m. and April 6, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Lan City Hand Pulled Noodle, 2612 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti, April 2, 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor on April 2, 8 to 11 p.m.
  • University of Michigan North Quad Complex, 105 S State Street, Ann Arbor on April 3 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • NeoPapalis, 500 E William Street, Ann Arbor, April 3, 9 to 11 p.m.
  • Mani Osteria and Bar, 341 E Liberty Street, Ann Arbor on April 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Encore Records, 417 E Liberty Street, Ann Arbor on April 4, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • University of Michigan Angell Hall Courtyard Computing Site (a.k.a. The Fishbowl), 435 State Street, Ann Arbor on April 4, 1 to 6 p.m. and April 5, 4 to 10:30 p.m.
  • Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery, 311 S Main Street, Ann Arbor on April 5, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Blank Slate Creamery, 300 W Liberty Street, Ann Arbor on April 5, 2:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Asian Legend, 516 E William Street, Ann Arbor on April 5, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • Walgreens Pharmacy, 317 S State Street, Ann Arbor from April 5 at 9:30 p.m. to April 6 at Midnight.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 209 S State Street, Ann Arbor from April 5 at 9:30 p.m. to April 6 at Midnight.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1700 S Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor on April 6, 10 a.m. to Noon.        
  • Woodbury Gardens Apartments leasing office and clubhouse, 1245 Astor Avenue, Ann Arbor on April 6, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Michigan Flyer-AirRide bus on April 6, 3:15 to 6 p.m.
  • DTW Airport McNamara Terminal on April 6, 3:55 to 7:30 p.m.

Because measles can be spread through the air by an infected person, the public is being alerted to the potential exposures. A person with measles is contagious for four days before and four days after the rash appears. A person can be infected with measles just by being in the same room as an infected person, even up to two hours after the infected person has left. 

Anyone at any of the above locations during the dates and times listed should monitor themselves for rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles for 21 days. If you suspect measles, seek immediate medical treatment. Residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals. (Please do not contact the businesses for information).

Officials note that everyone potentially exposed at the above sites is already outside of the time period for the MMR vaccine to prevent infection in unvaccinated, exposed individuals (72 hours). 

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.

Amid an outbreak in the state, all Michiganders are encouraged to check and update their measles vaccination if needed.  The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe, according to health officials. A single dose of protects about 95 percent of children; but after two doses, almost 100 percent are immune. 

For more information about measles, talk to your doctor or visit Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak..

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