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Health Alert: Officials Confirm 1st Measles Case In Michigan This Year

Health Alert: Officials Confirm 1st Measles Case In Michigan This Year

Health officials are issuing a public health alert after an global traveler with a confirmed case of measles visited Newark Liberty worldwide Airport Monday.

Back in January, another global traveler with a confirmed case of measles arrived at Newark airport.

A child with a confirmed case of measles arrived at Terminal B from Brussels, Belgium, and departed for Memphis from Terminal C on Monday, officials said.

The child, however, "may have traveled to other areas of the airport", the statement said. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. Those infected could develop symptoms as late as April 2.

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Officials noted that special arrangements can be made for evaluation to protect patients and medical staff from being infected. The Department of Health and Human Services says most of those people were not vaccinated.

The warning comes just months after another warning of measles exposure at Newark airport in January. 12 day incubation period and initially presents with a high fever, red eyes, cough, runny nose, photophobia and is followed by a red, raised body rash starting on the head and face that then progresses to the rest of the body. If you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles, you risk infection. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Pregnant women are susceptible to giving birth prematurely or having a low-weight baby.

"Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles", said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.


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