Tenn. health officials contacting over 600 people possibly exposed to measles

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MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 28: In this photo illustration, a bottle containing a measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children’s Hospital on January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed that the case of measles in a visitor from Tennessee that Mississippi health officials are warning some residents about is the same case reported earlier last week in East Tennessee.

Tennessee health officials say they are working to contact over 600 people in the Volunteer State who might have been exposed to the patient, who they are working diligently not to identify. They were not able to provide any other information for that reason.

The unvaccinated Tennessee man traveled through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on April 9 and 10 and health officials say he may have exposed others to the disease.

Officials emphasized that the risk is low for those who have been vaccinated.

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

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