Confirmed Measles Cases in Southeast Michigan up to 34

In the weeks following confirmation of Michigan’s first measles case of 2019 on March 13, 33 additional cases have been identified in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, as reported by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years old.
 
This is the highest number of measles cases in the state since 1991. Nationwide, the CDC reports that 387 cases—more than in all of 2018—have been confirmed in 15 states. An April 2 MDDHS news release lists dates and locations of potential exposure, noting that additional sites may be identified.
 
If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving for treatment so precautions can be taken to prevent exposure to other individuals.
 
MDHHS launched a new website, www.Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak, to provide information about the outbreak. The department also created an informational flyer on the benefits of the measles vaccine as the best protection against this highly contagious yet preventable disease. You may download and print the flyer or order it from the clearinghouse (a limited supply is available) to share with your patients and your community.