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On Friday, April 12, 2019, a photograph of the Kosher Food Market in Southfield, Mich. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

He was a traveler from Israel, state health officials, who gave unconscious measles to Oakland County in early March, and inspired that is the biggest measles outbreak in Michigan in 28 years.

Before he came to visit an Orthodox Jewish cradle in Southfield and Oak Park, the man spent some time in New York, where a fictional and unrelated outbreak among most of the children brought about Last Mayor led the declaration of an emergency situation .

When he arrived in Michigan, the man spent his time at synagogues and Jewish institutions to pray and study every day from 6 to 13 March, not to be aware that he was spreading the virus on the way.

A incubation period is seven to 21 days after exposure by the disease, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and one can be asymptomatic and infectious for up to four days before the symptoms occur. existence and for up to four days

It is extremely contagious – nine out of 10 people will develop without immunity exposed to measles. And, first, symptoms can imitate the cold and the common flu.

"I saw three cases … children came in with symptoms of measles and rash," said Dr. Gary Ross, who works in the emergency department of Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, spent the first week of April. "Because there is an outbreak, we check them all. They tested positive for the flu … Most of the colds at the beginning also have measles.

" there is a public message there you have a runny nose, and / or a fever and / or cough, to stay at home. "

Eliav Shoshana, a father from Southfield, did not know that the traveler was exposed to the traveler at the Torah Yagdil Community in Southfield on March 9, said his wife, Henny Shoshana.

" My husband was a husband sitting in a synagogue and studying Torah and praying "that day, Henny Shoshana said. He was very sick and was coughing enough. He was covering his mouth. I am sure he put He had no idea that he had measles and is so infectious, even if he covers your mouth some droplets can escape. "

Virus transmitted through face-to-face contact and through the air, mostly after coughing or sneezing of an infected person. It is so infectious, it can live in the air for up to two hours after an infected person has room to leave.

Five days after Eliav Shoshana exposed measles, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that the traveler was indeed infected with measles to the same synagogue as Soshana also prayed.

The MDHHS and Oakland County Health Division sent out alerts to the news media and the public on 14 March, explaining that the traveler was also infectious when he visited some other nearby places, where many Jews go. Orthodox to buy food and medicine, to study and to pray – One Stop Kosher Market, Jerusalem Pizza and the Torah Oslam Olam Ce nter in Southfield, along with Yeshiva Gedolah from Detroit Great, Greater Kollel Detroit Institute and Lincoln Liquor & Rx in Oak Park.

Word quickly spread, said Rabbi David Shapero, who was exposed to measles at Yagdil Torah of the People, but that he did not contract the virus.

"Communication within the community was tight," he said, "and within a few hours everyone had text or voicemail or email. Everyone knew overnight.

The virus was not being revealed by the Rabbi David Shapero, who sent the virus on contract. (Photo: Rabbi David Shapero)

"In our community, there are always things that everyone wants. It is usually a happy occasion – someone has got to grips with it and there will be a welcome place for everyone to know about someone's death or death. In our congregation, if a person dies in the morning, the funeral is that evening. If someone dies in the afternoon, the funeral is the next morning. … They use call posts, and people have lists, and within a very short time a call out call goes to the public that something has happened well and that they should be aware of it or something sad. … We can call one or two or three jobs a day on different topics.

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There was a headache on 19 March, Henny Shoshana said, and he was a little apart. the complaints appeared to be small and could be explained by fatigue.

The family was preparing to celebrate Purim, a Jewish festive holiday involving large meals, parties, and food sharing. She and her husband had a lot of sleep in the days before the holiday, and some of their children had recently emerged from throat influenza.

"This ideal storm was the cause of an outbreak in a community Orthodox Michigan, "said H enny Shoshana. "Approaching this holiday, which you can imagine, it takes a lot of preparations … people were infectious but they still did not know they were sick – completely symptomatic or perhaps feeling a bit about the weather.

"Because it happened over Purim, the extent of exposure was enormous. That is the story of what happened here."

She recalls celebrating the celebration of Purim at parties on the evening of 20 March and continuing to until March 21.

"We went to this great party of at least 150 people, including infants and pregnant women," she said. "And again, we didn't know it was Then, that night, he came home, and he was very clear that he had a fever, so he stayed in bed.

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People's Community, photograph of Torah in Southfield, Mich. 12, 2019. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

Hide the second wave of measles as a flu

As Eliav Shoshana grew ill health officials, state and local confirmed the second wave of measles cases.

Four others had measles infections – all connected to the traveler from Israel. There are three suspicions that three more people had suspected cases, health officials encompassing not only sites held by Jewish Orthodox people, but secular ones, too, such as Kroger, Meijer, Westborn Market, medical buildings, ABC Warehouse and Lowe Home Improvement Store, among other things

By morning March 22, Henny Shoshana told her husband "I felt very flu, with fever, he was achy, tired, and he noticed … that his throat was a little hurt. "

said that day, Henny Shoshana, that the family received a message from Hatzalah a response group emergency emergency serving the Jewish community in Oak Park, Huntington Woods and Southfield He was asking people to be vaccinated if there was any possibility that they could t exposure to measles.

Oakland County Health Division had extended hours to its immunization clinic, and Hatzalah informed the public that the vaccine may be obtained within 72 hours of exposure to measles to prevent infection or its severity. Immunization, a blood product with antibodies which can help protect the virus, are available at the clinic for people who have been vaccinated, such as infants, pregnant women and people with immune systems are not compromised.

The Shoshanas were convinced they had received vaccination as children, and they did not consider that they had Eliav Shoshana who could be caught with the virus.

"The classic properties of measles are fever, rash, and… runny nose, sneezing, cough and conjunctivitis. It just had a fever," said Henny Shoshana. But they were worried about their 3 year old son, who first received MMR immunization at 12 months of age; it was still too young to have received a second dose, which the CDC recommends that it be administered between 4 and 6 years of age. The negotiator agreed to bring her son to a vaccination clinic later that weekend.

Her husband went to an urgent care center that day, where he tested positive

“His doctor Tamiflu and Augmentin ordered the strep, and that is that,” she said – until The next morning.

"He woke about 11 in the morning, and one of the kids says, 'Oh, there's something on your start," "Henny Shoshana said." He had a very light rash which was starting to break out. … And I am saying to myself, there is no way to have flu, strep and measles. There is no way. "

They thought that he might have an allergic reaction to the antibiotic, but because Saturday 23 March, a sacred day in the Orthodox Jewish community named Shabbat, when there is no work to be done, no phone calls are made and the Internet is not used, Eliav Shoshana walked to his neighbour's house, a medical resident, to ask if he should be worried.

"And I like it, there is no way with measles. This is definitely a classic allergic reaction to your Augmentin, "said Henny Shoshana." It was like, take some Benadryl and it doesn't take Augmentin so far. "

Although they weren't concerned about measles, they were worried that Eliav Shoshana was not getting antibiotics he wanted to treat the throat of the strip. However, that evening, he went to the synagogue near his home because he knew that his doctor would get an in-house medicine, a new recipe for the pharmacy when Shabbat was around.

"It happened that he was feeling a little better at that point, so he was thinking let me just go there, find him and tell him, "his wife said. [19659049] Jerusalem and Bagels Cinema in Southfield, Mich. Friday, April 12, 2019." width = "540 "data-mycapture-src =" "data-mycapture-sm-" src = " utbreak_041219_kpm_.jpg? width = 500 & height = 333 "/> Buy Photo

Photo of Jerusalem Friday and Bagels in Southfield, Mich., Friday, 12 April, 2019. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press