ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - State health officials have confirmed a second case of measles in Michigan, and local officials are warning the public that people may have been exposed to the disease at two Ann Arbor restaurants recently.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the second confirmed case Friday. It said the two individuals are not related but both were passengers on the same flight while the first individual was contagious.
Washtenaw County health officials said one of the affected people, while contagious, dined recently at two Ann Arbor restaurants, both near University of Michigan campuses. 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.
Both restaurants are working with Washtenaw County Public Health to help notify employees and patrons about the potential exposure, the agency said.
“This underscores the need for all eligible individuals to vaccinate against measles. The measles vaccine is effective and safe,” said Dr. Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, the county agency’s medical director.
Measles is a highly-contagious, airborne disease spread through coughing and sneezing that can lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization or death. It starts with a high fever, runny nose, cough and reddened, light-sensitive eyes. Those symptoms are followed by a red, raised body rash that starts on the head and spreads to the rest of the body.
In Michigan, there was one case of measles identified in both 2015 and 2016 and five cases in 2014.
Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for the Department of Health and Human Services, said measles is generally a rare disease in the U.S.
“It shows up every year as a result of travel to other parts of the world where it continues to be a common illness,” Wells said.
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