People who visited the Bank of America on Romeo Planck Road on March 19 may have been exposed to measles, say health officials. (Photo: Google Maps)

The outbreak of measles exposure in Metro Detroit has now spread to a location in the Makombe County, health authorities said on Thursday. confirmed case of measles visit the Bank of America, located at 45194 Romeo Plank Road in Macomb on March 19.

Anyone who entered the bank between noon and 14:00 on March 19 may have been exposed to the virus.

The outbreak of measles in southeastern Michigan has increased to nearly two dozen confirmed cases since March 13, local and state health authorities said.

Infected people range from 11 to 63 years old.

McComb County Department of Health Dr. Kevin Locar said that a Wayne or Oakland resident visited the bank and the county's case was not extra. Macombe County has not received reports of new cases, but urges residents who have visited the bank to be vigilant.

The State Health Department works with Oakland and Wayne County Health Officers to identify possible additional sites of exposure. Famous sites for Oakland County exposure are listed at Oakgov.com/health. Additional sites with potential exposures, including those in Wayne County, can be identified when there is more information, officials said.

The number of cases exceeds last year's record. Michigan has had 19 cases last year, the highest since 1994. Oakland County has a higher vaccine dropout rate, said Angela Minicuci, a spokesman for the State Health Department. Vaccines and Clinics

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented with a vaccine that spreads through direct human contact and air. The virus can live up to two hours in the air where the infected person was. Symptoms of measles usually begin seven to 14 days after exposure, but may occur up to 21 days after exposure. It may include fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, small white patches on the inside cheeks, wreaths and a roof of the mouth that begin two or three days after the onset of the symptoms and a rash that is red, raised, patches;

If symptoms develop, residents are encouraged not to visit their doctor or emergency room unless they have called ahead to be able to take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.

Health officials are encouraging residents to get measles vaccine

The Oakland Health Department offers vaccination at its offices in Southfield and Pontiac on Monday from 8:30 to 18:00 and Tuesday-Friday at 8:30 until 17:00. For more information, call 800-848-5533.

Please note that these offices are not testing centers: