Measles case confirmed in St. Clair County, state count now at 44

Posted: 9:24 AM, May 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-17 09:27:43-04
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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed an additional measles case in St. Clair County, bringing the state total to 44 for 2019.

The new case involves an international traveler visiting Michigan. Officials say it is not related to the southeast Michigan outbreak.

Exposure locations are in Macomb County and include:

  • May 11, 5-7 p.m. Costco, 27118 Gratiot, Roseville
  • May 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saints Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Parish, 41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights

Health officials say that individuals who were at those locations during those time periods should monitor themselves for signs of measles 21 days after exposure and consult their healthcare provider if they have not been vaccinated or are unsure of their vaccination status.

Regular walk-in hours for vaccination at the St. Clair County Health Department, 3415 28th Street, Port Huron are Mondays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Macomb County Health Department is hosting vaccination clinics at the following locations:

  • Mount Clemens Health Center, 43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, May 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and May 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Southwest Health Center, 27690 Van Dyke, Warren, May 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:

  • High fever (may spike to over 104˚F).
  • Cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).
  • Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 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.