There are now 41 cases of Measles in MI

78 new measles cases reported nationwide since last week CDC says

78 new measles cases reported nationwide since last week CDC says

So far in 2019, there have been almost 100 more cases reported than there were in all of 2018, which saw 372 cases.

The patients range in age from an 8-month-old baby to a 63-year-old, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Among those, Washtenaw County now has its first case of the disease.

Measles is a highly-contagious disease which is spread through the air and by person-to-person contact.

Officials announced today they are working closely with the Oakland County Health Division and Washtenaw County Health Department to identify possible exposure locations for these latest cases.

Known exposure sites in Oakland County are listed at Oakgov.com/health. In addition to 78 new cases added from March 28 to April 4, four more states added cases to the list on Monday.

There are no public exposure sites for the Wayne County case.

MDHHS would like to take this time to remind Michiganders that the measles vaccine is effective, safe, and readily available through your healthcare provider or local health department. Another clinic on Wednesday, April 10, will run from 5 to 7 p.m.at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti.

"With these measles outbreaks, we have a ideal storm of an incredibly contagious disease, pockets of unvaccinated people living in close proximity, and growing distrust of vaccines and public health initiatives in those communities", Dr. Melissa Stockwell, with Columbia University Medical Center, told Newsweek. "A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune", MDHHS said. However, the CDC says the two-dose vaccine is 97 percent effective at preventing infection.

"MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or global travel planned".

MI now has the highest number of measles cases since 1991, when 65 people had the disease. So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

State health officials are stressing that people can not contract measles from the vaccine.

We can't discuss the anti-vaxx movement without scrutinizing the specious premise that the measles vaccine is, on the whole, more risky than measles itself. People then develop spots inside their mouth and sometimes a rash and a sudden fever spike, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of measles usually begin within a wee to 14 days after exposure, but can remain dormant up to 21 days.

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