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Measles Case Confirmed in Grand Traverse County


A measles case has been confirmed in Grand Traverse County. Health officials said people should watch for possible symptoms over the next three weeks.


Officials said the measles case originated from an unvaccinated resident who recently traveled to Eastern Europe.


They said the resident went to four different locations in Traverse City from June 30th to July 4th.


The exposure locations are:

  • Sunday, June 30, from 5:00 – 10:00 pm: Walmart (2640 Crossing Cir., Traverse City)
  • Monday, July 1, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm: Department of Human Services (701 S Elmwood, Traverse City)

  • Tuesday, July 2, from 2:30 - 5:00 pm: Munson Family Practice (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)

  • Wednesday, July 3, from 4:15 - 5:00 pm: Munson Family Practice (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)

  • Thursday, July 4, from 9:30 am – 12:15 pm: Munson Medical Center Emergency Room (1105 6th St, Traverse City)

Officials said there was no known exposure at the Cherry Festival. 

Grand Traverse County Health Department Health Officer, Wendy Hirschenberger, said people visiting the the exposure sites could contract measles.


“At this point there is nothing we can do to prevent someone from getting sick if they have already been exposed. But what we can do is make sure they are aware that they are at risk. ”


Hirschenberger said people should be aware of their measles immunization status to see if they are at risk for the virus. She said symptoms can develop up to 21 days after initial exposure. 


Hirschenberger said people who aren’t vaccinated should watch for the following symptoms: 


  • High Fever (may spike over 104°F)

  • Cough

  • Runny nose

  • Red, watery eyes

  • Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) two to three days after symptoms begin