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Measles outbreak hits Michigan

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The number of people infected in a measles outbreak centered in Southeast Michigan continue to increase, with reports from state health officials stating that the number of patients in Michigan has reached 41.

Since late last week, there have been two additional reported cases. The infected patients range in age from an 8-month-old baby to a 63-year-old, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is “a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person.” The virus can be spread both through the air and through person-to-person contact, and it is “so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.”

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, “The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe.” Photo by Sophia Christensen

State officials state that they are working closely with the Oakland County Health Division and Washtenaw County Health Department to identify possible exposure locations for these latest cases.

Health authorities are urging those who have not been vaccinated for the measles to contact their local health department or doctor’s office to ask about getting the vaccine.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,“The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, almost 100 percent are immune.”

These health authorities agree that you cannot contract the measles virus from the vaccine, and the vaccine is the best way to prevent its contraction.

This outbreak of the virus is the largest one in the state of Michigan since 1991, when 65 people had the disease.

Sophia Christensen

I'm a senior at Gull Lake High School and this is my first year on The Reflection staff, so I guess you could call me a newspaper newbie. I joined the newspaper sort of on a whim because I wanted to put the skills I learned in Multimedia and Reporting to work, but I'm here to stay and enjoy the ride. I like to write feature articles because I love the facet of newspaper that is giving people an outlet to speak their minds.


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