Michigan’s Second Measles Case of 2017 Confirmed in Connection with First, Travel-Related Case

April 15, 2017

Marquette, MI – April 15, 2017The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced a second confirmed case of measles in Michigan.  This case is an adult and the direct result of an exposure to the state’s first case of the year in late March.  The two individuals, who are not members of the same family or otherwise related, were both passengers on the same flight when the first individual was contagious.

“This underscores the importance of routine vaccination for both children and adults, and of making certain as many Michiganders as possible have protective immunity against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS. “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.”

Measles is a viral infection that can result in pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization, and death. The illness starts with a high fever, runny nose, cough, reddened light-sensitive eyes, and is followed by a red, raised body rash starting on the head and face which progresses to the rest of the body.  A person with measles may be contagious for a few days before they start having tell-tale symptoms, increasing the possibility of exposing others to the infection; they remain contagious until several days after the rash appears.  Measles virus spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.

Because measles is highly communicable, vaccination is the best line of defense.  Successfully controlling it and preventing outbreaks requires high levels of immunity in all communities.

The United States has made tremendous progress against measles.  Before 1963, when the measles vaccine became available, each year there were four million cases, about 48,000 hospitalizations, and 450-500 deaths related to measles.

Last year, Michigan had one case of measles. From 2001 – 2012, the average number of measles cases in the Unites States per year was about 60. But in recent years there have been more, which is of great concern to public health authorities. In 2014, there were 667 cases in the U.S. including five cases in Michigan.   The vast majority of people who get measles have not been vaccinated against it.

The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. Adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of the vaccine. The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12 months of age. For international travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles. The vaccination, or documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally.

Calendar – Food – Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry at Marquette Salvation Army – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Marquette – The Marquette Rotaract Club at Northern Michigan University will host a Feeding America West Michigan mobile food pantry on Tuesday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Marquette.

About 15,000 pounds of food will be distributed to people in need. The mobile pantry contains fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods and non-perishables intended for anyone in need from the surrounding area. Clients will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food, but they are asked to affirm that they are in need of food and to bring their own boxes, bags or laundry baskets.

The food distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Any leftover items will be donated to the Salvation Army of Marquette.

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Chassell – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Chassell – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive with the bloodmobile on Tuesday, April 18 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Chassell High School in Chassell).

For an appointment, call the school office at 523-4491.

Calendar – Youth – 2’s and 3’s Story Time – Apr. 18, 20

April 15, 2017

Marquette – 2’s and 3’s Story Time will be offered on Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Children ages 2 and 3 will enjoy stories, finger plays, songs and activities. The event is free. For more information, call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Youth – LEGO Club Meeting – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Marquette – LEGO Club will meet on Tuesday, April 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

LEGO Club is for ages 5 and up. Listen to stories and work with others to build Lego projects. LEGOs are provided and the event is free.

For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – “Fences” Film Screening – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s 2017 Diversity Common Reader selection is “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine. A screening of the film “Fences” will be shown on Tuesday, April 18 at 12:30 and 6 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library.

In this film, an African American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. The event is free and open to the public.

April 16th Through April 22nd is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan

April 15, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 15, 2017 – Now that the harshest cold of winter is now in the rearview mirror, the warmth of spring and summer will soon be returning to Michigan.  With the arrival of the new seasons, come the threats from spring and summertime severe weather. As another severe weather season approaches, Governor Rick Snyder has declared April 16 – April 22, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

Severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and tornadoes were responsible for two deaths and over $160 million in damages across the state of Michigan last summer.  While the state saw a near average 16 tornadoes, six of those tornadoes actually touched down across the U.P. which was a record. In addition to the tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with high winds and flash flooding resulted in millions of dollars in damages to parts of the western U.P.  Despite some very close calls from flooding and falling trees, there were fortunately no serious severe weather-related injuries across the U.P. last year.

A Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, April 19th, at 1:30 PM EDT will be a part of this year’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.  National Weather Service Offices across the state will simultaneously issue a live Test Tornado Warning via NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards so citizens can practice their tornado sheltering plans.  Residents of the U.P. are encouraged to participate in the drill and practice their sheltering plans for not only tornadoes but other severe weather hazards such as high winds, hail, and lightning during this time.

In the weeks following Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Marquette will be visiting most of the counties across Upper Michigan providing storm spotter training. The presentations are a great way for residents to be significantly involved in the weather warning process by relaying important, potentially lifesaving, weather information to the National Weather Service during times of active weather.  A schedule of presentations can be found at www.weather.gov/mqt. The presentations are free and open to all.

During Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan, the National Weather Service is encouraging residents across the state to review severe weather safety procedures.  Plan ahead.  Be sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do when severe weather threatens. The best time to prepare for severe weather is before it happens. Being weather ready is a collective effort. It takes the whole community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against damages caused by severe weather. Additional severe weather awareness week and weather safety information can be found at www.weather.gov/mqt.