Measles case identified in Michiana; officials list locations of exposure


However, businesses in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan could be affected.

Individuals may have also been exposed at two Angola, Indiana locations last Saturday, March 30th. It spreads either through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the patient coughs or sneezes.

The number of confirmed cases of measles in multiple Hudson Valley counties continues to rise. Health officials say the best way to stop the disease's spread is a vaccination rate in the community of 92 to 95 per cent.

Medical systems in many countries remain too weak to vaccinate enough children year after year to wall out the virus.

There have been measles outbreaks in British Columbia and across the United States. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103° to 105° F. Small bluish white spots surrounded by a reddish area may also appear on the inside of the mouth.

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Measles is highly contagious and the incubation period for the illness is between seven and 21 days.

Under the declaration, which lasts for at least 30 days, anyone under 18 who is not vaccinated against measles is barred from public gathering places, including shopping malls, civic centres, schools, restaurants and even houses of worship.

"Unfortunately, people can die from measles". The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age. However, a large body of scientific research has proven there is no link between vaccines and the developmental disorder, even in children at high risk. Of those infected, the ages range from 8 months to 63 years. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. If your child received an immunization consent package but has documented measles vaccine elsewhere, please include this information on the immunization consent form in the space provided.

Oakland County residents seeking measles immunization should contact the Oakland County Health Division at 800-848-5533. Vaccinated people who still get the disease tend to have a milder illness.