Measles case confirmed in traveler from DTW to Ann Arbor

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a second case of measles in Michigan this year. 

Health officials say the patient was considered contagious June 12-14, when the patient was at the Detroit Metro Airport and in Ann Arbor. The ill patient arrived at DTW on June 12 around 3:45 p.m. at the international arrivals area of the McNamara Terminal. Health officials say this person was considered contagious at the time. 

The MDHHS didn't say which flight the patient was on, but says they're in the process themselves of contacting passengers on the flight. 

Besides those on the flight, the MDHHS says people who were in the following places at the following time should watch for symptoms: 

  • June 12 (5-7 p.m.): Hertz car rental airport shuttle bus
  • June 12 (5:30 p.m.) through June 16 (5 p.m.): Staybridge Suites, Ann Arbor
  • June 12 (7:30-9:30 p.m.): Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches store at 3945 S. State St in Ann Arbor 
  • June 14 (2-6 p.m.): Concentra Urgent Care in Ann Arbor

Individuals who may have been exposed at any of these locations during the listed times should watch for symptoms consistent with measles for 21 days after the possible exposure

Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. The illness begins with a high fever, red eyes, cough, runny nose, and is followed by a red, raised body rash starting on the head and face that then spreads to the rest of the body. Measles patients often experience eye pain and sensitivity to light. Cases can be contagious a few days before the rash appears, which increases the possibility of unknowingly exposing others.

This measles case isn't related to the first measles case in Michigan, which occurred back in March.

Both cases were the result of exposure outside of the country. This year several countries in Europe are reporting significant measles outbreaks, including France, Italy, Germany, England, Romania, and Ukraine, among others. Recent outbreaks have also been reported in Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil.