Oakland County Health Officials Advise about Potential Measles Exposure
Health Officials Advise about Potential Measles Exposure
Oct. 13, 2017, Pontiac, Mich. – Oakland County Health Division is advising patrons and staff of a South Lyon restaurant of a possible measles exposure. Unvaccinated individuals who visited or worked at Lucas Coney Island at 22689 Pontiac Trail on Sept. 29 between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. should call a doctor if they have any signs or symptoms of the disease. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services notified Oakland County about a non-Oakland County resident who was contagious but without any symptoms who was at the restaurant during that time.
“Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “If exposed, approximately 90 percent of people who have not been vaccinated or previously had measles will develop the disease. As a precaution, we urge unvaccinated individuals to call their doctor immediately if they notice any symptoms.”
The Health Division recommends staff and guests who were at the restaurant on Sept. 29 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.:
- To monitor for illness with fever and/or an unexplained rash until Oct. 20 (21 days after potential exposure)
- If symptoms develop, stay at home and call your health care provider or Oakland County’s Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533. Please call ahead to the healthcare provider you plan to visit so they can take proper precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.
- To review vaccination history. Get vaccinated if you have not already had measles or two MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccinations.
“In this case, post-exposure vaccination is not effective since we are past a 72-hour preventative window,” Stafford said. “Any unvaccinated individual, however, should consider vaccination for future protection.”
Measles is spread through the air by sneezing and coughing or by person to person direct contact. The virus can live for up to two hours on a surface or in the air where the infected person coughed or sneezed and can be transmitted five days before and four days after a rash appears. Vaccination may also be recommended within 72 hours of a possible measles exposure.â‹
Symptoms usually begin 10-12 days after exposure and may include:
- Fever, feeling ill and loss of appetite (Two to four days before appearance of rash)
- Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth surrounded by redness (One to two days before the appearance of rash)
- A rash that is red, raised and blotchy which usually starts on the face then spreads to the trunk, arms, and legs
- Sneezing or runny nose
- Watery or red eyes
- Hard, dry cough
The MMR vaccine is available through some health providers, Oakland County Health Division offices in Southfield and Pontiac, and many pharmacies. Call ahead to ensure your health care provider or pharmacy has the vaccine available.
Health Division offices are located at the following addresses:
- North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
- South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
The MMR vaccine costs $67 per dose. Two doses are required. There is a $5 fee per visit, per client as well as additional fees for credit card payments. The Health Division accepts health insurance, as wellas Medicaid, Medicare, Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, cash, and credit. VFC offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children. No one will be denied access due to inability to pay. There is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available.
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FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY: Please contact Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division, at 248-858-1410.