Parent at local daycare has confirmed measles case

An Oakland County daycare center has warned parents about possible exposure to the measles.

Parents on Tuesday learned that a parent of a child at First Presbyterian Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center in Birmingham is where the confirmed case of measles is.

"No, I did not receive a letter," said parent Elizabeth Williams. "But I probably will. My nanny told me about it. She saw it on social media.

"I'm a little worried about taking him back because I have a newborn. But he's vaccinated, he should be okay. I'm just worried about the newborn."

Doctors say her concerns are valid, because children are not vaccinated until they are 1 year old, so anyone under that is not going to protected against measles.

"It's a virus that spreads through respiratory pathways," said Dr. Matthew Sims, director of infectious disease research at Beaumont. "So you cough, you have a runny nose, you sneeze and it spreads.  It's very contagious." 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 70 people were reported to have measles from Jan.1 until Jan. 23 of this year. Most of the cases are part of a large on-going outbreak linked to a  multiple cases originating at Disneyland. 

Doctors say your only defense against the measles is to be vaccinated.

"Unfortunately nothing can be done to protect yourself except vaccination," Sims said. "The vaccine is effective."

School officials say the school is safe and daycare classes are in session.

In a letter sent home to parents, school officials are asking them to review their child's vaccination records. If parents choose not to have their child vaccinated they should keep them home until Feb. 5th 

School officials also adding: "Our first concern is our families and we have taken every precaution we can to protect them during this time and on a daily basis."  
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