NY man travels to Michigan, responsible for state's measles outbreak of 38 cases

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April 16, 2019 - 5:14 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A measles outbreak in Michigan has been linked to the measles outbreak in New York, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services told CNN

A man traveled from New York to southeast Michigan by car, and from there, the virus spread. 

"He was unknowingly contagious with the measles during his visit here," Lynn Sutfin, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. "All 38 other cases of measles in Southeast Michigan can be linked to this individual," she said.

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The outbreak in New York began in October and has largely been contained to Orthodox Jewish enclaves in Rockland County and Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. 

More than 500 cases of measles have been reported in New York as part of this outbreak, 332 of them since January, with more than 40 new cases identified in the past week.

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