FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2019
MDHHS CONTACT: Angela Minicuci, 517-763-3609
OCHD CONTACT: Leigh-Anne Stafford, 248-858-1280
Pontiac, Mich. – The three measles cases under investigation in Thursday’s press release are now confirmed. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Oakland County Health Division confirmed the positive results today. This brings the total measles cases confirmed in Oakland County since March 13 to eight.
“Unvaccinated individuals need to get vaccinated. If you do not have a record of two measles (MMR) vaccines, unsure if you have been vaccinated, or unsure if you have had measles in the past, contact your healthcare provider,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.”
All locations listed below are updated and confirmed. If you were at the following locations on the dates and times listed below, you were at risk of being exposed to measles.
March 14 – March 19
March 15 – March 18
The measles vaccine is available at Oakland County Health Division offices in Southfield and Pontiac and some health providers. Health Division offices are open Monday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and are located at the following addresses:
The Health Division will host a special measles vaccination clinic open to the public. No other vaccines will be available at the following clinic:
Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse on Call phone line will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, to answer any questions. Please call 800-848-5533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“March and April are busy months for Spring Break vacations. Get vaccinated before you travel,” continued Stafford. “Currently, 15 states have confirmed cases that are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries where large outbreaks are occurring.”
Watch for symptoms for 21 days after potential exposure. Vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure to prevent illness. In addition, Immune Globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals. Talk to your preferred healthcare provider to determine if Immune Globulin is right for you and if it is available. High-risk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition, and/or medications).
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air.
The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:
For more information about measles, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
For media inquiries only, please contact Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division, at 248-858-1410.