We learned on Thursday that the first case of measles had been diagnosed in East Tennessee since 2007, but health officials in Tennessee would no longer disclose information about the patient's place of residence or where people would have been living. could be exposed.
But on Friday, the Mississippi State Department of Health said that a Tennessee man who was traveling in their state might have exposed others to the virus.
At a press conference, health officials revealed that the man was not vaccinated, but they did not have other identifying information.
They said the man was in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from 9 to 11 April, and that they were trying to get the message out to people who might have been exposed. They contacted some people with whom he knows he was in touch and also identified two restaurants where he ate and may have exposed a person.
Mississippi health officials have not yet identified a case of measles.
They said that they had been informed of the man's travels by the Tennessee Department of Health.
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The case of East Tennessee is the only one we know in the state of Tennessee.
We contacted the Tennessee Department of Health and the Knox County Department of Health to learn more about the origin of the patient and where he might have exposed people, but have not published this information. Both offices are closed for Good Friday.
Tennesseans need to know that the virus is highly infectious and that newly infected people may have no symptoms of the disease for five days, but may still infect others before the rash erupts. dermal, said TDH in the statement.
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"Most people in Tennessee are vaccinated against measles and that's important, but infants and those with weakened immune systems are still at high risk of infection," said TDH Commissioner Lisa Piercey. in the press release. "The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and widely available. Call your health care provider to check your immunization status and schedule your vaccine if you do not have one.
TDH encourages everyone to make sure they are up-to-date with their MMR vaccines.
Anyone who believes they have measles symptoms or those they know has symptoms of measles should call before going to a health facility to prevent others from being exposed to the virus, the statement said.
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