Health officials confirm 1st measles case in MI this year

Health officials confirm 1st measles case in MI this year

MI health officials have confirmed the first case of measles in MI discovered from an global traveler returning home to Detroit Metro Airport.

People who traveled through Newark Airport on Monday may have been exposed to measles, health officials said.

The child, officials said, arrived in Terminal B early afternoon at the airport and departed around 10 p.m. from Terminal C, heading for Memphis, Tennessee.

The child was infectious that day and may have visited other parts of the airport.

New Jersey residents identified as potentially exposed on the ill individual's flights will be notified by their local health department. If you were infected, you could develop symptoms as late as April 2.

Symptoms of measles can include high fever, cough, runny nose, sensitivity to light, and a rash. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and swelling of the brain.

Those who have not been vaccinated or have not had measles are particularly at risk. "Immunizations are the best way to protect our families and communities from the harmful, sometimes deadly consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles".

The virus is easy to catch, as it can be spread through the air from coughs and sneezes. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can't receive it for medical reasons.