A measles outbreak is spreading across a Washington county known for choosing not to vaccinate its children, and health officials have declared a public health emergency.
At least 18 additional locations where people may have been exposed to measles were identified Saturday in Oakland County, according to the county’s Health Division.
On Thursday, the division had released a list of more than 25 locations of exposure between March 14-20. The additional sites pushes the exposure timeline to March 21.
There has been at least five confirmed cases of the highly-contagious disease and three other suspected cases under investigation. Health officials said a traveler from Israel, who was infected, may have spread the virus while visiting Oakland County from March 6-13.
“Unvaccinated individuals need to get vaccinated. If you do not have a record of two measles (MMR) vaccines, unsure if you have been vaccinated, or unsure if you have had measles in the past, contact your healthcare provider,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, in a news release.
People are urged to watch for symptoms 21 days after potential exposure. Symptoms include:
- High fever (may spike to over 104 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) two to three days after symptoms begin
- A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin
Anyone who visited the locations during the times and dates listed can receive vaccination by Sunday.
A Oakland County Health Division’s nurse on call phone line will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday at 800-848-5333 or email, email@example.com.
Additional measles exposure locations
Dovid ben Nuchim, 14800 Lincoln St., Oak Park
Farber Hebrew Day School, 21100 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield
Berkley Medical Center, 1695 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley, from 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Walgreens, 7380 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, from 9:30 p.m.-midnight
Kravings, 25270 Greenfield Road, Southfield, 9 p.m -midnight
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak – Emergency Department and Sixth Floor North Tower, 3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, from 2:30 –11 p.m.
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak – Medical Office Building, 3535 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, from 3-5 p.m.
Crowne Point Office Building, 25900 Greenfield, Oak Park, after 9 a.m.
Berkley Urgent Care, 3270 Greenfield Road, Berkley, 4–7 p.m.
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak – 6th Floor, North Tower: 3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, 1–11 p.m.
Berkley Urgent Care, 3270 Greenfield Road, Berkley, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
The 7-Eleven, Lincoln St., 15350 Lincoln, Oak Park, 9:20–11:30 p.m.
Ahavas Yisroel, 25952 Greenfield, Oak Park, 10 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit, 15230 Lincoln St., Oak Park, 8–11:30 p.m.
Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit, 24600 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, 9 p.m.–midnight
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak – Emergency Department, 3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mapleview Liquor Store: 6084 Maple Road, West Bloomfield Township, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit, 24600 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, 8:40–11 a.m.
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