Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Warning of possible measles exposure at 2 Ann Arbor restaurants

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, April 14, confirmed the second measles case of 2017 in Michigan. All but one have common contact.

Washtenaw County health officials said one of the affected people, while contagious, dined recently at two Ann Arbor restaurants, both near University of MI campuses. Officials say measles can result in pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization and death. It starts with a high fever, runny nose, cough and reddened, light-sensitive eyes. It is also typified by a rash that spreads from the head down to the rest of the body.

Individuals may be contagious for a few days before they present with symptoms, which increases the potential of exposing others to the infection. A person with measles is contagious for four days before and four days after the rash appears.

Measles is highly contagious and can be passed through the air by coughing and sneezing.

Health officials say the best prevention for measles is the vaccine, which is available to people as young as 6 months. The second case is connected to the first, travel-related case, according to officials.

"Measles can spread easily among unvaccinated people, and we're working with the Somali community in the Twin Cities to alert people to the outbreak", Ehresmann said in the news release. Nearly all measles cases in this country have occurred among the unvaccinated. In 2014, 667 measles cases were reported in the country, which is highest since 2000. "Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the USA where groups of people are unvaccinated".

The two people are not family or related to one another.

"As long as everything goes in the usual public health prevention and investigation control measures, then I would not anticipate an outbreak, but we do depend on people keeping their immunizations up to date", says Wells. The average number of measles cases in the USA was about 60 per year from 2001 to 2012, according to MDHHS.

Measles, also known in medical terms as rubeola, is an extremely contagious disease caused by the measles virus. In 2016, 70 people from 16 states contracted it.

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

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