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Confirmed measles case in Grand Traverse County

By Beth Milligan | July 11, 2019

The Grand Traverse County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that it had received notification of a confirmed case of measles from a county resident.

According to the Department of Health, the case concerns an unvaccinated person who recently traveled to Eastern Europe to return to Traverse City. This is the third case of measles related to international travel to Michigan this year.

The exposure sites of the infected person in Grand Traverse County include:

Sunday June 30 from 5pm to 10pm: Walmart (2640 Crossing Circle, Traverse City)
Monday, July 1 from 2 pm to 5 pm: Department of Social Services (701 S Elmwood, Traverse City)
Tuesday, July 2 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm: Munson Family Practice Office (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)
Wednesday, July 3 from 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm: Munson Family Medical Practice (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)
Thursday July 4th from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm: Munson Medical Center Emergency Room (1105 Sixth Street, Traverse City)

According to the Ministry of Health, no known exposure of the disease had been reported at the National Cherry Festival.

Persons potentially exposed to measles at the above mentioned locations and times should monitor the symptoms for 21 days after exposure. These may include cough, runny nose, red / watery eyes (conjunctivitis), high fever (may reach more than 30 ° C), small white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and the roof of the mouth that may appear two to three days later after the onset of symptoms and the appearance of a red, raised and spotted rash, which usually starts on the face and spreads to the trunk, arms and legs three to five days after the onset of other symptoms.

If symptoms occur, please contact your doctor or the hospital emergency department so that health care providers can take precautions to avoid exposure to others. Individuals who may have been exposed to any of the above locations and are not aware of their immune status can call 231-995-6800. All residents of Grand Traverse County who wish to verify their immunization status and / or who have not been vaccinated and who need to be vaccinated against measles should contact their health care provider or the Department of Health. .

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