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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed 30 cases of measles for this year infecting individuals ranging in age from 1 to 63 this year. Dallas County's measles case had stayed at home during their period of potential contagiousness and therefore did not result in any additional public or workplace exposures.

Earlier this week two babies aged 8 months and 11 months who were too young to be vaccinated contracted the disease.

The number of confirmed cases of measles in multiple Hudson Valley counties continues to rise. The vaccine is free and available from general practitioners.

Possible exposure times were from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m.

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The state says this is the highest number of measles cases in the state since 1991, when 65 cases were report. Those droplets remain infective in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

People with measles symptoms should call ahead before visiting a doctor's rooms or hospital emergency department so that staff can take precautions to avoid the virus spreading to others.

As of late March, more than 385 measles cases have been confirmed in 15 states throughout the country.

"Last week, in an effort to contain an outbreak of measles that began in October, Rockland County, New York, banned unvaccinated people under age 18 from public places", CNN reported.

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As of March 28, there have been 387 confirmed cases of the potentially serious illness this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, immune globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people.

More recently, we had the disgusting claims from Dr Andrew Wakefield, a gastro-intestinal specialist, linking the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine and autism.

The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness. White spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and mouth form two to three days after symptoms begin and a rash that is blotchy and bumpy begins on the face and spreads to the arms and legs three to five days after noticeable symptoms.

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