PONTIAC., Mich. (WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division confirmed Wednesday a case of travel-related measles in Oakland County.
According to a release, the exposure came from an individual visiting from Israel following a stay in New York.
Health officials say individuals may have been exposed to the measles at these locations:
- Lincoln Liquor & Rx at 25901 Coolidge Highway in Oak Park on Friday, March 8, from 12:20 to 2:45 p.m.
- Jerusalem Pizza at 26025 Greenfield Road in Southfield on Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Potential exposures may have also occurred daily from March 6 – 13 at these locations:
- One Stop Kosher Market at 25155 Greenfield Road in Southfield
- Ahavas Olam Torah Center at 15620 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield
- Congregation Yagdil Torah at 17100 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield
- Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit at 24600 Greenfield Road in Oak Park
- Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit at 15230 Lincoln Street in Oak Park
According to a release, there may be more potential exposure locations released as information is made available.
The vaccine for measles, prophylaxis, is effective within 72 hours of exposure. Immune Globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals, which include pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.
If you believe you may have been exposed, health officials advise to watch for symptoms 21 days after exposure. If measles symptoms develop, contact your health care provider.
Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. It’s 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 after an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms usually start 7 to 14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:
- High fever (may spike to over 104˚F)
- 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
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