41 confirmed cases of Measles in Michigan

Posted at 9:39 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 09:39:41-04

WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich.  — Michigan has confirmed its first measles case and it is next door to Jackson County.

One case has been confirmed in Washtenaw County, bringing the total cases in Michigan to 41.

Now Birmingham Public Schools in Oakland county and is now following guidelines from the County Health Department by telling students who are not vaccinated-or those who do not have all of the vaccinations-to stay home from school for 21 days after exposure.

FOX 47 reported the district says students were exposed to the disease for 21 days after exposure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say if one person in a room has the virus, 90% of others in that space will become infected unless they are immune.

State law mandates students students are required to get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella-or MMR-vaccine.

The State Health Department says of the 39 confirmed cases before April 8, only six people had the recommended MMR vaccine doses. 33 of them had incomplete immunization record or were not vaccinated.

The vaccination status of the two newest cases have not been released. Michigan is among 19 states dealing with a measles outbreak.

The CDC says 465 cases have been confirmed since January 1. Roughly 80 percent of those cases are 19 years and younger.

The CDC recommends everyone get the MMR vaccine, which they say is 97% effective.

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