MI measles outbreak continues, 41 cases confirmed including first in Washtenaw

US measles outbreak tops 465 cases with kids hit hardest

US measles outbreak tops 465 cases with kids hit hardest

Among those, Washtenaw County now has its first case of the disease.

The complete list of states reporting measles cases, according to the CDC: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Additional sites of potential exposures will be identified and listed as more information is learned.

There are no public exposure sites for the Wayne County case. It will run from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic April 9, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on April 10, 5 to 7 p.m.at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti. Back in the mid-20th century, measles cases in the USA numbered in the hundreds of thousands per year, but, by 1970, the disease had been almost eradicated thanks to the introduction of a vaccine for it. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune.

"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 worldwide travel planned".

This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported.

The CDC, which updates its reported cases every Monday, said, "The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated". So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

We can't discuss the anti-vaxx movement without scrutinizing the specious premise that the measles vaccine is, on the whole, more unsafe than measles itself.

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

Measles, a disease caused by highly contagious virus, is characterized by such symptoms as fever, cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes and, of course, the trademark rash that spreads all across the body.

"If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals", state health officials said.

Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin.