Washtenaw, Wayne county officials recommend vaccination amid potential measles exposures

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Health officials in Washtenaw and Wayne counties are encouraging vaccinations after recent potential measles exposures.

A measles case was reported in the emergency department of Trinity Health Ann Arbor hospital Friday, Washtenaw County officials said Sunday in a news release. Anyone who was in the department’s waiting and triage areas between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday may have been exposed, as the virus can live for up to two hours in the air.

“Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily though the air,” Juan Luis Marquez, medical director with Washtenaw County Health Department, said in the release. “This means we need to alert people who may have been present to the possibility of exposure, especially because anyone not vaccinated is likely to become ill if exposed.”

The Wayne County Public Health confirmed a measles case for an adult resident associated with international travel, the department announced Sunday. The county is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to identify anyone potentially exposed.

Officials are reaching out to the Wayne County individual’s possible contacts. Wayne County Public Health also advises anyone not fully vaccinated against measles who was present at any of the following locations and dates to contact the department if not yet contacted by officials:

  • The WellStreet Beaumont Urgent Care at 23100 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn between 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • CVS Pharmacy at 2701 South Telegraph Road in Dearborn between 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Henry Ford GoHealth Urgent Care at 26763 Ford Road in Dearborn Heights between 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • Corewell Emergency Department at 18101 Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn between 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Washtenaw County Health Department is working with MDHHS and Trinity Health Ann Arbor to investigate the case at Trinity Health Ann Arbor and prevent additional cases. There remains no active exposure risk at the hospital, per county health officials.

Measles infection

The contagious disease spreads through person-to-person contact and through the air and is preventable through vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms typically begin seven to 14 days after exposure but can take up to 21 days to appear.

Those most at risk include those who are unvaccinated, those who don’t know their immunization status, pregnant women and those who have a weakened immune system because of illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications.

Common measles symptoms include:

  • High fever (may spike to more than 104℉).
  • Cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).
  • Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums and roof of mouth two to three days after symptoms begin.
  • A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; often starts on face, spreads to the trunk, arms and legs three to five days after symptoms begin.
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