New measles cases prompts warning from health agency

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The department is "working directly with the case to identify potential contacts and make arrangements for follow up immunizations and care if necessary", officials said in a release. People who contract the measles develop a distinctive red, splotchy rash over their bodies.

Now, IHA is following up with people who might have had contact with the infected patient to determine their immunization status, and offer them post-exposure protection if needed.

For more information about measles, go to www.oakgov.com/health or call the Oakland County Health Division's Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air that the sick person coughed or sneezed in, even if that person is no longer in the room.

Interior Health medical health officers have determined this infection is connected to a previous case of measles in 100 Mile House which was confirmed on March 9.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles eliminated in the United States in 2000, thanks to widespread use of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.

Ten people have been diagnosed with measles in OR since January 1.

The virus is still common in other countries.

In a press release sent late Thursday night, the Michigan Department of Health and Human services reports four additional cases in the county, with three other cases now under investigation.

The case is linked to a traveler who recently visited Marion County. No other vaccines will be available at the clinic.

Health officials didn't specify if the person in Jefferson County was vaccinated.

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