TN Dept. of Health identifies two locations where public may have been exposed to measles

Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- As officials with the Tennessee Department of Health continue their investigation into a case of measles in the state, they released more information Wednesday afternoon about where people may have been exposed to it.

As stated in a news release below, it specifies where and when people may have been exposed earlier this month.

  • “Mapco 200 Browns Ferry Road, Chattanooga April 11, 2019 from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Speedway 2148 North Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton April 12, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.”

Anybody who was at either of these locations during that specific time is asked to check their vaccination status and to watch for symptoms of the illness.

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

If you do develop measles symptoms you are asked to contact your health care provider.

People with questions about what to do to protect themselves against measles should call a health care provider, the local health department or a hotline established to provide answers to questions from the public about measles. The hotline number is 865-549-5343; calls to the hotline will be answered from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central time/8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern time daily until further notice.

From Jan. 1 to Apr. 19, 2019 more than 600 measles cases confirmed in the United States in 22 states. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control website, 626 measles cases were confirmed in the U.S. from Jan. 1 to Apr. 19, 2019.  

This is the highest number of reported measles cases since 2014, when 667 cases were reported for the entire year. 

These are the states that have reported cases to the CDC in the southeast region: 

  • Tennessee
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky

Measles is still common is many parts of the world and the majority of people who contract measles are unvaccinated.

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