Health Department: Case of Measles Confirmed in Grand Traverse County

A case of measles has been confirmed in a Grand Traverse County resident.

According to the Grand Traverse County Health Department, the case involves an unvaccinated person who recently traveled to Europe and returned to Traverse City.

The health department says there was no known exposure at the National Cherry Festival, but have listed several other exposure locations.

Exposure locations in Grand Traverse County include:

  • Sunday, June 30, from 5 – 10 p.m.: Walmart (2640 Crossing Cir., Traverse City)
  • Monday, July 1, from 2 – 5 p.m.: Department of Human Services (701 S Elmwood, Traverse City)
  • Tuesday, July 2, from 2:30 – 5 p.m.: Munson Family Practice (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)
  • Wednesday, July 3, from 4:15 – 5 p.m.: Munson Family Practice (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)
  • Thursday, July 4, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Munson Medical Center Emergency Room (1105 6th St, Traverse City)

If you’ve been exposed, the health department says you should watch for symptoms for 21 days after exposure.

If symptoms do develop, the health department says to call ahead to your doctor or hospital so health care providers can take precautions to prevent further exposure.

Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by director person-to-person contact and through the air. The virus can live up to two hours in the air where an infected person has been, and symptoms usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after.

Symptoms may include high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash.

According to the health department, the measles vaccine is the best way to prevent individuals from getting measles and to keep the disease from spreading.