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Hospital officials around Metro Detroit are trying to drive home a point about getting vaccinated against the measles: It could be a matter of life and death.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed 30 cases of measles for this year infecting individuals ranging in age from 1 to 63 this year.

Upon further investigation, health officials have confirmed that the measles case was considered to be identified in Tehama County.

According to the CDC, numerous recent USA cases of measles have been linked to visits to Israel, Ukraine, and other countries where large outbreaks have occurred.

Health officials have confirmed a case of measles in northern in, and they've released a list of Michiana locations where others may have been exposed. Under the emergency, anyone under the age of 18 who has not been vaccinated is prohibited from visiting public spaces, including schools and shopping areas.

Measles is one of the most infectious viral diseases known.

It typically takes about two weeks from the time of exposure to the measles virus for a rash to develop, but it can take up to three weeks.

"Unfortunately, people can die from measles". Two doses of either measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) or measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccine (MMRV) is 99 percent effective at preventing measles. Children 12 months of age and older and adults are recommended to receive two doses of MMR vaccine, given at least 28 days apart, to be optimally protected.

Measles symptoms include fever, red rash, red eyes, cough and runny nose.

While most people don't experience side effects from receiving the MMR vaccine, some may get a mild fever or redness, swelling, or pain at the injection site, Ryan said. After about five days, the rash fades in the same order in which it appeared. It spreads either through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the patient coughs or sneezes. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and alert your doctor if you think you have been in contact with an infected person.


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