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Officials confirm 2nd measles case connected with first, caught from same flight

Officials confirm 2nd measles case connected with first, caught from same flight”

A second case of measles in MI has been confirmed as a Livingston County resident.

Seven of the eight cases occurred in children who had been in contact with one another, and six of the affected children have been hospitalized.

Washtenaw County Public Health is warning of a possible exposure to measles after a second case discovered in a MI adult.

The person was identified as an adult who shared a flight with the first measles patient when that person was still contagious.

Measles is a viral infection that can result in pneumonia, brain inflammation or death. Symptoms include high fever, runny nose, cough, reddened light-sensitive eyes, and a red raised body rash. It is also typified by a rash that spreads from the head down to the rest of the body.

This increases the possibity of exposing others to the infectino.

Measles outbreaks are rare in the US, but the highly contagious disease still is found in other parts of the world. "The measles vaccine is effective and safe", said Dr. Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, the county agency's medical director.

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The department says that in 1963, before the vaccine, the United States at 4 million cases a year, which killed 450-500 people. Symptoms start 7 to 14 days after being exposed to measles, and last 1 to 2 weeks. It's during that time the individual is likely spreading it through coughing and sneezing. All affected kids were unvaccinated against measles.

In 2014, there were 667 cases across the country - and most of the people who got it had not been vaccinated. From 2001 to 2012, the average number of measles cases in the Unites States per year was about 60.

The United States has made tremendous progress against measles.

According to the CDC, measles is still widespread in many parts of the world, including countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific.

"So, if one person has it, about 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune or who have not been vaccinated will also become infected", she told WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites.

You can find a fact sheet about measles on the WCPH website, and more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

"This is the kind of disease that can be easily spread, and it can be easily stopped by the use of vaccines, so people should do it".



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