Health officials cite 5 new measles cases in Hennepin County
- Author: Santos West Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 0:46
The includes Mark's Midtown Coney Island at 3586 Plymouth Road and Benny's Family Dining at 1952 S. Industrial Highway.
According to MDHHS, the case is an adult who was exposed to the state's first case of the year in March. Researchers say the two were passengers on the same global flight last month.
A person who has measles can be contagious for a few days before they start having symptoms. Declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, Minnesota and other states see sporadic cases, typically linked to global travel. Further information about the individual is not being released.
It is believed that measles is caused by tourists from other nations, who carry the measles infection.
Both restaurants are working with Washtenaw County Public Health to help notify employees and patrons about the potential exposure, the agency said. Pichineru said they're monitoring the situation.
He said the restaurant does not know the identity or even the gender of the customer with measles.
Despite the fact health officials have now identified two measles cases in different parts of Michigan, Wells is optimistic the measles cases can be contained.
"This underscores the need for all eligible individuals to vaccinate against measles".
Because measles is highly communicable, vaccination is the best line of defense, health officials said.
Before the invention of the vaccine, measles killed over 2.6 million children worldwide every year. "Individuals born before 1957 are assumed to have natural immunity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention". We're partnering with Somali community leaders and health care providers to counteract that misinformation.
Measles is a highly-contagious, airborne disease.
Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death. It also can cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women. Tiny white spots may appear in the mouth. Those symptoms are followed by a red, raised body rash that starts on the head and spreads to the rest of the body. The rash usually lasts 4 to 7 days. It's during that time the individual is likely spreading it through coughing and sneezing. From 2001 to 2012, the average number of measles cases in the Unites States per year was about 60.
The Americas region was thought to be free of endemic measles, yet five new measles cases have been reported in Minnesota. The vaccination, or documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally. "Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the USA where groups of people are unvaccinated". In 2016, 70 people from 16 states contracted it. Doctors advise that the only viable method of prevention is to get vaccinated.