2 Michigan restaurants exposed to measles

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICH. - Washtenaw County is warning about two locations where the public could have been exposed to measles.

Earlier today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a second case of measles in a Michigan adult. The first case was discovered in late March.

The two individuals, who are not members of the same family or otherwise related, were both passengers on the same airline flight when the first individual was contagious, the agency said.

One of the infected individuals dined at two Ann Arbor restaurants on Thursday and Friday of last week:

  • Mark’s Midtown Coney Island, 3586 Plymouth Rd., from noon- 3 p.m.on Thursday, April 6.
  • Benny’s Family Dining, 1952 S. Industrial  from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

Measles is airborne and highly contagious. The health department is advising anyone who dined at either location to watch for a rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with the disease for 21 days. If measles is suspected, seek medical treatment immediately.

Related: Officials confirm 2nd measles case connected with first, caught from same flight

Officials stressed the issue has nothing to do with food safety or restaurant sanitation.

“This is the second case of measles in Michigan this year,” said Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, medical director for Washtenaw County Public Health. “This underscores the need for all eligible individuals to vaccinate against measles. The measles vaccine is effective and safe.”

Measles (rubeola) is an extremely contagious disease caused by the measles virus. Measles can cause complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Measles can also cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women

The illness starts with a runny nose, red eyes, cough, fever and sore throat. Tiny white spots may appear in the mouth. A raised, red rash appears on the 3rd to 5th day of illness. The rash typically starts on the face and spreads down the body and out to the arms and legs. The rash usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Symptoms start 7 to 14 days after being exposed to measles, and last 1 to 2 weeks.

Droplets from the nose or mouth, through sneezing, coughing or speaking, spread measles. A person with measles is contagious for four days before and four days after the rash appears. 

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