SOUTH LYON (WWJ) – If you’ve eaten at these restaurants or visited these establishments within the past two weeks — this warning is for you.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a case of measles in a Livingston County adult who works in Washtenaw County. Washtenaw County Public Health is providing information to local residents because of potential exposure to measles in public areas in Washtenaw and neighboring counties between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2.
- The Oakland County Health Division is advising anyone who has worked or eaten at Lucas Coney Island on Pontiac Trail, just north of 9 Mile Road, that they may have been exposed to measles. The warning applies to anyone who visited, worked, or dined at the restaurant between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. Apparently, a person was in the restaurant on that day who was contagious but without symptoms.
- Ann Arbor State Bank, located at 125 West William St., Ann Arbor, on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 from 10am to 1pm each day.
- The Treasure Mart, located at 529 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 from 12pm (noon) to 2pm each day
- Humane Society of Huron Valley, located at 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 from 4pm to 6pm each day.
- Karl’s Cabin Restaurant and Bar, located at 6005 Gotfredson Rd, Plymouth MI 48170, on Sept. 28 from 12:30pm to 3pm.
- Dixboro General Store, 5206 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, on Sept. 28 from 4pm to 7pm.
Un-vaccinated individuals who were at the restaurant or these locations between those times should call a doctor if they have any signs or symptoms of the disease — such as coughing, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever, and a red, blotchy skin rash.
“Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection,” Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, said in a statement. “If exposed, approximately 90 percent of people who have not been vaccinated or previously had measles will develop the disease.”
Officials recommend staff and guests who were at the restaurant during the time frame:
- To monitor for illness with fever and/or an unexplained rash until Oct. 20 (21 days after potential exposure)
- If symptoms develop, stay at home and call your health care provider or Oakland County’s Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533. Call ahead to the healthcare provider you plan to visit so they can take proper precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.
- To review vaccination history
- Get vaccinated if you have not already had measles or two MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccinations
“In this case, post-exposure vaccination is not effective since we are past a 72-hour preventative window,” Stafford said. “Any unvaccinated individual, however, should consider vaccination for future protection.”
Measles is spread through the air by sneezing and coughing or by person to person direct contact. The virus can live for up to two hours on a surface or in the air where the infected person coughed or sneezed and can be transmitted five days before and four days after a rash appears. Vaccination may also be recommended within 72 hours of a possible measles exposure.
Symptoms usually begin 10-12 days after exposure and may include:
- Fever, feeling ill and loss of appetite (Two to four days before appearance of rash)
- Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth surrounded by redness (One to two days before the appearance of rash)
- A rash that is red, raised and blotchy which usually starts on the face then spreads to the trunk, arms, and legs
- Sneezing or runny nose
- Watery or red eyes