Confirmed Measles in East Tennessee

Confirmed Measles in East Tennessee – this was once one of the vaccines that a child gets to help prevent this disease. But, today, many parents are opting out of these vaccines. #measles

Confirmed Measles in East Tennessee

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Opting out of these, now opens the door for your child or yourself to get these deadly diseases.

“While the investigation is currently centered in East Tennessee, all Tennesseans should be aware of measles and its symptoms. These symptoms may include fever, runny nose, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth. The illness is typically accompanied by a red, spotty rash that begins on the face and spreads over the body. Nearly one in three measles patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea or pneumonia. Measles can be fatal in approximately one to two out of every 1,000 cases.”

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH)

“Our efforts are focused on preventing the spread of illness to others,” said TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “This appearance of measles is a reminder about the importance of vaccines and how they can particularly protect our most vulnerable, including infants and those with compromised immune systems.”

It has been reported those with measles visited these places in East Tennessee.

  • Mapco, 200 Browns Ferry Road, Chattanooga, from 7:30-10 p.m. April 11.
  • Speedway, 2148 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton, from 5:30-8 p.m. April 12.
  • There could be more places, unknown.

Measles is a viral infection that’s serious for small children but is easily preventable by a vaccine.

Measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but now has made a come back. It has been confirmed in 22 of the 50 states so far, Tennessee being on of those states. With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention is reporting 695 cases nationwide.

These disease is highly contagious.

Learn more about the measles from the CDC.

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