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If you’ve flown through Detroit Metro Airport lately, you may have been exposed to the measles.

The Oakland County Health Division has confirmed two measles cases in the county.

Officials said the people arrived on a flight to Detroit Metro Airport on Oct. 23 at approximately 5 p.m.

Experts advise individuals who were possibly exposed watch for symptoms for 21 days after exposure.

If symptoms develop, consult your doctor.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air by a contagious person sneezing or coughing. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person coughed or sneezed. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:

• High fever (may spike to over 104˚F)

• Cough

• Runny nose

• Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)

• Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin

• A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin

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