Michigan trims count of measles cases; vaccines still urged

Child with Measles, Photo Date: Undated - Cropped Photo: UCSF School of Medicine
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - (04/12/19) - Health officials are reducing their count of Michigan's measles cases after additional testing determined two of the reported cases weren't the highly contagious disease.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that the number for 2019 is 39, down from 41 that it reported earlier this week.

The two cases included a child in Washtenaw County that was reported as the first case in that county as well as a child in Oakland County.

The department says they'd both been recently vaccinated and had symptoms and initial test results that classified them as measles cases.

Later Friday, the state announced a new case of measles believed to be unrelated to the earlier outbreak. The Washtenaw County resident who contracted the illness likely was exposed while traveling outside the United States.

Health officials still are urging people to get vaccinated if they haven't received the vaccine in the past. The number of measles cases in Michigan is the highest since 65 in 1991.

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