Detroit Metro Airport passengers may have been exposed to measles

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OAKLAND COUNTY (WJRT) (11/6/2018) - Health officials are warning people who were at Detroit Metro Airport on the evening of Oct. 23 to watch for measles symptoms.

Two passengers from Oakland County who arrived on a flight at 5 p.m. that day were diagnosed with the measles. Health officials say anyone else in the airport around that time could have been exposed to the illness.

The Oakland County Health Division is warning residents to watch for measles symptoms, which can develop up to 21 days after exposure, which would be Nov. 13.

“Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “Immunizations are the best way to protect our families and communities from vaccine preventable diseases like measles.”

Measles symptoms include muscle pain, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and a skin rash with red bumps.

Stafford said anyone who develops symptoms should call their health care provider and set up an appointment.

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