Health Department: Suspect Cases of the Measles Were in Direct, Close Contact with Confirmed Case

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WEST JACKSON — The Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department is working in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health West Tennessee Regional Health Office and the State Department of Health on the suspected Measles Cases within Madison and surrounding counties. Shanna Shearon, the Regional Epidemiologist with the Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department, provided WBBJ with the following information about the recent cases of measles: -There is one confirmed case of the Measles within the West Tennessee Region who traveled overseas and contracted the disease while there. -There are 4 suspect cases of the Measles who were all in direct, close contact with the confirmed case. NO ONE outside of this group has developed illness. -The risk of Measles in our community is low due to the exposure to the disease in our population for those born in or before 1957, also most school age children are immune due to the required 2 doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. -Contact tracing, post exposure prophylaxis, and education is ongoing in this investigation. Again, at this point, NO cases have been identified who were not directly exposed to the confirmed case.

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