Health officials confirm measles case in Dallas County

The rash-like symptom from the measles virus.							QMI

The rash-like symptom from the measles virus. QMI

- Maryland's Department of Health is issuing a warning after confirming a case of measles.

It has not been confirmed if this specific case came from one of those practices.

MDHHS is working closely with the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) to identify possible exposure locations for these latest cases.

The Oakland County Health Department scheduled a special measles vaccination clinic from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield. No other vaccines will be available at the clinic.

A "Nurse on Call" phone line also will be operating from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday to take questions.

The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. It is rare in the USA due to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Had a child under the age of one with you when you visited one of the above locations. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected.

"We know that you need about 95 per cent of your population to be ammune to measles, to be vaccinated, [in order] to prevent spread, and we are very very close to that", she said.

For worldwide travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles. In addition, immune globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals. The PIN can be obtained from your healthcare provider upon request. If you are ill with measles, stay home and away from others, especially unvaccinated infants, people with diseases affecting their immune systems and pregnant women.

State health officials have confirmed a case of measles in northern Indiana. So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states. The measles virus may remain in the air for up to two hours. The fever increases and can get as high as 105 degrees.

Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin. Within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs.

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