TN Department of Health: First measles case of 2019 is in East Tennessee

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(WJHL)- News Channel 11 has just learned the State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a positive test for measles in an East Tennessee resident.

Tennessee Department of Health officials said in a news conference Thursday that they are not revealing what county the measles case originated in. 

The symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, nearly one in three measles patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea, or pneumonia.

In a news release, the department of health says, “All Tennesseans are urged to ensure they are up-to date on MMR vaccine. Anyone who believes they or a loved one has measles symptoms should call first before going to a health care facility to keep others from being exposed.” 

The release also says that Tennessee has had very few cases of measles in the last decade, “Tennessee has had only 15 cases of measles in the last decade due to relatively high vaccination rates. All children should have their first measles vaccinations at age 12-15 months,” 

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