Measles update

October 21, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Please be advised that earlier this week, the Washtenaw County Public Health department confirmed a case of adult measles. This patient was seen at the East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center. Follow up with staff and patients was conducted to prevent the spread of measles.

However, because measles are highly contagious, employees should be aware of the following as a precaution:

  • Symptoms of measles typically arise 7-14 days after exposure, but can occur as late as 21 days after exposure.
  • Measles typically begins with:
    • High fever
    • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
    • Runny nose
    • Cough
  • Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. The rash typically starts on the face and spreads downward.

It’s also important to note that employees who received two doses of the MMR vaccine are considered protected and individuals born before 1957 are likely immune.

If you develop symptoms concerning for measles starting today through Nov. 3, 2016, please contact your health care provider right away. If you become ill while working, put on a mask and leave work immediately. If you become ill at home, remain at home until you contact your health care provider.

Please contact IPE at 734-936-6355 if you have additional questions about this matter.

For additional information about measles, please refer to the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/index.html.

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