Measles case confirmed in LaGrange County

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says five additional cases of measles bring the number up to 39 cases confirmed in the state this year

The other case was in Wayne County.

"If you were at either of those locations during the specified times and you are unimmunized or incompletely immunized and it has been less than six days since this exposure, you can call the Saanich Health Unit at 250-519-5100 to find out where to get vaccinated this week".

Measles is highly contagious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the vaccine.

Two measles cases were reported in the South Island last week.

Five of the possible exposures took place in this area.

"We know that you need about 95 per cent of your population to be ammune to measles, to be vaccinated, [in order] to prevent spread, and we are very very close to that", she said.

More than 93 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to the disease, and more the 97 percent is protected after a second dose.

"These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the CDC website states, adding that people should be vaccinated before traveling internationally. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you and if it is available.

"Thanks to the high proportion of people in Northern Ireland making the positive decision to get the MMR vaccine over the past decades, cases of these three illnesses here have fallen significantly".

"Dallas County's confirmed case therefore did not result in any additional public or workplace exposures", the release said. So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

"The best protection against measles is the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine", said Marcia Mansaray, senior epidemiologist with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people.

Measles symptoms usually start at around 10 days after contact with an infectious person.

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