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Several places across the country are dealing with measles outbreaks. Several places across the country are dealing with measles outbreaks.

(WMC) - A disease eradicated from the United States in 2000 is coming back.

Several places across the country are dealing with measles outbreaks.

Some cases are even happening in Tennessee, where the last known case happened in 1998. So far, Shelby County is measles free, but just up I-40 in Madison County health officials are dealing with several cases.

The cases in Madison County can be traced back to a person who traveled out of the country, contracted the measles and brought it back.

Shelby County Health Department Chief of Epidemiology, David Sweat, says international travel is the reason the United States is seeing the outbreak.

"You actually have to have two shots of the MMR vaccine in order to become immunized. A lot of people have had one dose, but maybe not both doses," said Sweat.

He went on to say his department is cooperating with neighboring counties to help investigate and follow up with people who may have come in contact with the virus.

Measles is a very contagious viral illness. Immediate symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and feeling run down.  After those symptoms, a red spot-like rash covers most of the body.

People of any age can contract the measles, but getting both vaccinations should keep you safe.

Anyone planning to travel out of the country should talk with their doctor about getting immunized.

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