In a little over three months, from January 1 to March 28, 387 cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Maryland health officials said Friday that the state has confirmed a case of measles, a highly contagious viral infection that has been spreading in several other states in numbers not seen in decades.
Officials advise any individuals who were present at these locations at the times listed above to check their immunization records or contact their health care provider if they are unsure about their immunization status.More news: Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play warning issued after 10 deaths
The Oakland County Health Department scheduled a special measles vaccination clinic from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune.
"We know that you need about 95 per cent of your population to be ammune to measles, to be vaccinated, [in order] to prevent spread, and we are very very close to that", she said. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles. They are tied to a measles case in Indiana.More news: Nokia's banana feature phone gets WhatsApp
The statewide total of 39 measles cases is the highest since 65 cases were reported in 1991.
Measles symptoms typically develop 10-14 days after exposure to the virus but can develop as soon as seven days and as long as 21 days after exposure. Those droplets remain infective in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.
High fever (may spike to over 104˚F). The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness. If you are ill with measles, stay home and away from others, especially unvaccinated infants, people with diseases affecting their immune systems and pregnant women.More news: 5 former AAF players the Minnesota Vikings should consider signing
If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away before going to the doctor's office.