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Health dept. warns people with measles symptoms to avoid public places

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Shelby County Health Department is encouraging those who have measles, or recently came in contact with a person who has measles, to avoid public places.

There are six confirmed cases of measles in Shelby County. That’s more cases than in the rest of the country combined.

A person infected with measles has a rash that spreads over their body within a few days and can last for weeks.

The health department said public places and festivals can expose people to possible germs, because of the high volume of people.

It is also important to note that Memphis in May begins today, April 29, 2016. If you are an individual with measles or recently came in contact with an individual with measles please be on alert for any symptoms, which may include fever and a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. 

If you experience any of the symptoms, please do the following:

  • Please call your health care provider before going to the office for evaluation or call 901-222-9299.
  • Do NOT go to the hospital or emergency room to get treated unless you or your child need URGENT medical care.
  • Stay indoors and AVOID PUBLIC PLACES!
  • AVOID contact with other people.
  • WASH your hands and practice good hygiene.
  • Cover your cough.

Ensure that your family and friends received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

If you are attending, or plan to attend the Beale Street Music Festival, or Memphis in May in general, please proceed with caution.

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