Measles on the rise, 39 confirmed cases in Michigan

LANSING —  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed 5 additional measles cases, bringing the total to 39 on the year.

38 out of the 39 cases are in Oakland County, with the remaining case confirmed in Wayne County.

MDHHS is working closely with the Oakland County Health Division to locate possible exposure sites in the county.

Symptoms of measles includes high fever, runny nose, cough, watery red eyes, tiny white spots on the inner cheek and mouth, and a rash that is raised, red, blotchy, and usually starts on the face.

Officials are urging people to get vaccinated. The measles vaccine is 95% effective with the first dose, and almost 100% effective with the second dose, and does not give people the measles virus.

There are currently 387 confirmed measles cases in 15 states.