Dallas reports first confirmed measles case since 2017 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Spencer Underwood
April 7, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services said Friday it has confirmed five more cases, bringing the state total to 39 this year.

"Dallas County's confirmed case therefore did not result in any additional public or workplace exposures", the release said. Of those infected, the ages range from 8 months to 63 years.

Officials advise any individuals who were present at these locations at the times listed above to check their immunization records or contact their health care provider if they are unsure about their immunization status.

The resurgence of the virus has jolted public health officials because it had been considered wiped out in the United States nearly two decades ago. "It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing", the CDC website states.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to not visit their doctor or emergency room UNLESS they have called ahead so precautions can be taken to prevent exposure to other individuals. "The video aims to highlight the signs and symptoms and inform that the safest and most effective way to prevent measles is to ensure you are fully vaccinated with the MMR vaccine".

Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children.

Since the outbreak began, approximately 2,000 people have received the MMR vaccine in Oakland County, according to Sutfin.

There are now 25 cases of the measles in the province this year after two new cases have been confirmed on the South Island.

Health officials in Rockland County announced Wednesday the number of confirmed cases there has risen to 161, up ten from a report two weeks ago. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus.

The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age.

The MMR vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure and treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals.

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or a runny nose.

While it's not good to see measles make its way into Ottawa, the city's Associate Medical Officer of Health does remain hopeful that it will not spread.

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