OWOSSO — According to a statement issued by Memorial Healthcare, test results in a suspected measles case came back negative.
“Please be informed that the test has come back NEGATIVE for measles from the State of Michigan and the Shiawassee County Health Department. There remains no confirmed cases of measles in Shiawassee County. As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of those we serve,” Memorial Healthcare said in a press release.
According to the hospital, “If symptoms develop, please DO NOT visit your doctor, an urgent care, or emergency department unless you have called ahead so precautions to prevent possible exposure to others can be made. The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. If you or a loved one has not had the vaccine, please contact your doctor.”
Last week, Memorial Healthcare spokeswoman Vicki McKay said an individual with a suspected case of measles was taken to Memorial after visiting an independent doctor at an off-site clinic.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as of April 17, the state has 43 confirmed cases of the measles, most in southeast Michigan. Nationally, the total is more than 400.
On its website, the health department said public health officials across Michigan continue to monitor measles cases.
“While there are no current cases in Shiawassee County, the Shiawassee County Health Department (SCHD) is urging vaccination against the disease to those who are not vaccinated or otherwise immune to measles,” the health department statement says.
Measles is a contagious disease that can have lifelong health complications, health officials said in the statement. Measles is spread through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air.
“Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90 percent of the people close to that person will also get the disease unless they are vaccinated or immune,” the health department statement said.
A person who has had the disease in the past has been vaccinated, or who was born before 1957 is considered to be immune.
SCHD said it has the MMR vaccine available at its location in Corunna. Appointments can be made by calling (989) 743-2356. More information can also be found at Michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak.