State officials confirm measles in 2nd DTW traveler

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
A pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif.

State officials said they've confirmed a second case of measles in Michigan this year.

The person was at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on June 12 and may have exposed other travelers, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The case is not related to the state's first case of the measles of the year, which was confirmed in March, officials also said.

However, both cases resulted from exposure to the virus outside of the country, they said.

Officials said the latest patient was at the airport at about 3:45 p.m. and may have infected other people he came into contact with on a Hertz car rental shuttle bus, the Staybridge Suites in Ann Arbor, a Jimmy John's submarine sandwich store on South State Street in Ann Arbor and the Concentra Urgent Care Center in Ann Arbor.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is asking residents to be on the lookout for symptoms of the disease, which is highly contagious but easily preventable by vaccination. 

Initial symptoms include a high fever, red eyes, cough, runny nose, eye sensitivity, followed by a red, raised body rash. Individuals may be contagious for a few days before they show symptoms, which increase the potential of exposing others to the infection.

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