Measles cases are skyrocketing globally: World Health Organization details growing crisis

Sign advertising free measles vaccines and information about measles are displayed at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona N.Y. Wednesday

While those local numbers may not seem like a lot, health officials identified dozens of people in each of those cases who had possible exposure.

Measles is a viral infection that spreads through the air from one infected person to another. That's more than the total number of cases reported in 2017 and 2018 combined.

The outbreak, which began in mid-March, has resulted in 39 cases in Oakland County, one in Wayne County and one in the City of Detroit, until Wednesday.

According to the MDHHS, one of the people with the measles was at the Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids Airport at 28th Street and Kraft Avenue SE on April 12, between midnight and 3:00 a.m.

BP Gas Station - 1166 Encorse Road in Ypsilanti - from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. April 12.

US officials say 90 measles cases were reported across the United States last week, and 555 cases have been reported in 20 states this year.

MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or worldwide travel planned.

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Symptoms appear a week to 14 days after a person is exposed and can include a fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash.

The health department said measles can be deadly in one to two out of every 1,000 cases.

As Dr Pierre Weicherding from the ministry's sanitary inspection unit explains, measles is one of the most unsafe children's diseases worldwide and is highly infectious. "A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune". That individual was unvaccinated and had recently returned from Israel, where measles transmission is occurring.

The vaccine can be effective when given within 72 hours of exposure to prevent illness.

He said the best way to prevent getting the measles is to get vaccinated.

April 12, Urgent Care Med Express 3100 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 1 - 6 p.m. In addition, immune globulin treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals. Information about Michigan's current outbreak is available online as well.

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