Report links Michigan measles outbreak to New York

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (04/17/19) - A new report is linking the recent outbreak of measles in Michigan to the one going on in New York State.

It's the largest outbreak in our state since 1991.

Health officials say the wave of illness stems from a man who drove from New York to Michigan while contagious.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday the new cases of the highly contagious disease were in Oakland County and Detroit, bringing the state's 2019 total to 42. Most are in Oakland County.

The new cases had possible exposure locations on certain recent days at a gas station in Lansing, a hotel in Grand Rapids, in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park and in the southeastern Michigan city of Ypsilanti.

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

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