Two cases of measles were confirmed in the residents of Oakland County, arriving on a flight at the Detroit Metro Airport at around 5 p.m. on October 23rd.
Oakland County Health Division staffers are advising people who possibly got in touch with those infected by the virus so they can observe the symptoms during 21 days after exposure. If the symptoms develop, call the health consultant who intends to visit so that appropriate precautions are taken to avoid exposure to other people.
Symptoms usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but may occur up to 21 days after exposure. They include:
- High fever, which can increase to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit
- Snoring nose
- Red and watery eyes
- Tiny white spots in the internal cheeks, gums and the ceiling of the mouth, 203 days after the onset of other symptoms
- An eruption that is red, raised and stained that usually begins on the face and extends to the trunk, arms and legs 3-5 days after the symptoms begin.
Measles is a preventable disease for vaccination that extends through direct contact between person and person through the air by the infected person that sneezes or coughs. The virus can live up to two hours in the air where the person cries or sneezes.
"The measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection." said Leigh-Anne Stafford, Oakland county health officer. "Immunizations are the best way to protect our families and communities from preventable diseases for vaccination such as measles."
Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County Medical Director, said that anyone with questions about the state of vaccination for their children or their children should consult their doctor immediately to ensure that their family is protected.
The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, is available through some health providers, pharmacies and the offices of the Health Division of Oakland County in Southfield and Pontiac. The Southfield office is located at the South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Rd., And the Pontiac offices are in the North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd.
The vaccine is a series of two doses and costs $ 71 per dose. There is a fee of $ 7 per vaccination, per client. The Health Division accepts health insurance, as well as the Medicaid program, Medicare, Vaccines for children (VFC), money and credit. VFC offers free-of-charge vaccinations for eligible children. There are additional fees for payments with a credit card. No one will be denied access because of the inability to pay. There is a discount / slip rate available.
For more information on measles, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call the nurse by mail to 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. at 5:00 p.m.