Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Customers at 2 Ann Arbor restaurants warned about measles outbreak

Customers at 2 Ann Arbor restaurants warned about measles outbreak

A Hennepin County outbreak of childhood measles now includes eight cases, after five more cases were confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Seven of the eight cases occurred in children who had been in contact with one another, and six of the affected children have been hospitalized.

"This case is an adult and the direct result of an exposure to the state's first case of the year in late March", DHHS stated in a news release.

The person was identified as an adult who shared a flight with the first measles patient when that person was still contagious. Officials say measles can result in pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization and death. The symptoms are high fever, with cough and watery eyes.

It advises anyone who was at Mark's Midtown Coney Island between noon and 3 p.m. April 6 or at Benny's Family Dining during the same hours on April 7 should monitor themselves for a rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles for 21 days.

It is believed that measles is caused by tourists from other nations, who carry the measles infection. Someone with measles also remains contagious until several days after the rash appears.

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The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe.

"This underscores the importance of routine vaccination for both children and adults, and of making certain as many Michiganders as possible have protective immunity against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Nearly all measles cases in this country have occurred among the unvaccinated.

The two are not related.

"As long as everything goes in the usual public health prevention and investigation control measures, then I would not anticipate an outbreak, but we do depend on people keeping their immunizations up to date", said Dr. Eden Wells of the Department Health and Human Services in MI. In 2014, 667 measles cases were reported in the United States, marking the highest rate since 2000.

The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. Nationally in 2014 there were 667 cases, including five in MI.

According to the CDC, measles is still widespread in many parts of the world, including countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific.

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