Measles case confirmed in Oakland County; vaccinations offered

Oakland County health officials now confirming a local adult has contracted the measles.

FOX 2 is told the case may be associated with the outbreak that started at Disneyland, but the connection has yet to be confirmed.

Measles is the leading killer of children in developing countries according to the Red Cross.

The virus is highly contagious because it's airborne. Health experts say because more and more people are choosing not to vaccinate their children the rest of us are now at an increased risk of infection.

Oakland County will offer measles, measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations Saturday and Sunday at the Clinic on 1200 North Telegraph between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Pontiac.

Residents can call or e-mail Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 and today (Friday) until 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with any questions.

"We are encouraging anyone who is not vaccinated to consult their doctor immediately and get vaccinated as soon as possible, said Kathy Forzley, OCHD manager / health officer. " The vaccine is very effective, but if you have had only one dose of the MMR vaccine, we are also urging you to get the second dose as well."

Measles is a vaccine preventable, respiratory infection that is highly contagious and is spread through the air by sneezing and coughing. The measles virus can live for up to two hours on a surface or in the air, where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

"If you have symptoms consistent with measles, please call your healthcare provider or Oakland County's Nurse on Call. It is best to make contact by phone to prevent further possible measles cases," said Forzley.

Measles symptoms usually begin 10-12 days after exposure and include:

• Hard, dry cough

• Sneezing or runny nose

• Watery or red eyes

• Rash that is red, raised, blotchy, starts on face and spread
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