Wayne County warns of potential measles exposure at Northville restaurant


The second case of measles in Michigan in 2017 was confirmed last week by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and authorities say anyone who ate at a cafe in Northville may have been exposed.

According to the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness says anyone who was at the Early Bird Cafe on East Main Street in Northville on April 8 between 7:30 and 11 a.m. may have been exposed to measles. The individual with measles was a customer at the restaurant.

The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness said this is not a food safety or sanitation related issue at the establishment.

Individuals present at the restaurant during the specified time should monitor themselves for fever, rash and other symptoms for 21 days.

"Because an individual can spread measles before they know they have it, the best prevention is to be up to date on vaccinations such as MMR," said Dr. Ruta Sharangpani, Wayne County's Medical Director of Wellness Services.

According to MDHHS, the case is an adult who was exposed to the state’s first case of the year in March. Both people were passengers on the same flight while the person with the first case was contagious.

The two people are not family or related to one another.

“Measles is highly contagious, and though it is generally a rare disease in the United States – in fact, it was eliminated from the country in 2000 – it shows up every year as a result of travel to other parts of the world, where it continues to be a common illness,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.

Measles is a viral infection that can result in pneumonia, brain inflammation or death.

Signs of measles include a high fever, runny nose, cough and reddened, light-sensitive eyes, followed by a red, raised body rash that starts on the head and face and progresses to the rest of the body. 

According to MDHHS, a person with measles can be contagious several days before they start showing symptoms.

Measles is highly contagious and can be passed through the air by coughing and sneezing.

MDHSS said vaccinations are the best way to prevent measles.

Michigan had one case of measles last year. The average number of measles cases in the U.S. was about 60 per year from 2001 to 2012, according to MDHHS.