U of M removes student from campus after measles exposure - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

U of M removes student from campus after measles exposure

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The University of Memphis said a student was on campus after being exposed to measles.

University of Memphis said in a press release the student was exposed to measles. The student is not a new confirmed case of the measles.

University officials said the student's family member has measles and the student was exposed to that family member and later went to campus, where they came into contact with students and professors. The family member with measles is not a student.

The student that was exposed to measles does not live on campus. The student has been asked not to return to campus until it is confirmed they are not contagious. Classes at the school ended Wednesday, so the student will not miss any coursework. The school is working with the student to make sure their finals work is done.

University officials said most students are required to be vaccinated, but there several exemptions: part-time students, students only taking online courses, international students, and students with religious or medical exemptions are not required to be vaccinated.

The school strongly suggests every student gets immunized from measles. They said just one dose has a 93 percent effectiveness at preventing measles. Two doses have a 97 percent effectiveness.

Officials do not know if the student exposed to measles is vaccinated.

"I think it's something people don't think about, like if I'm not majorly sick, then it's no big deal without info around other people," student Joy Rhodes said. "But that is how things spread. And I hope people would be responsible and take precautions." 

Last week, the Shelby County Health Department announced six cases of the measles in the county and released a list of places where infected individuals may have traveled.

Campus leaders said when they learned the student had been exposed, they asked the student to not return to campus. However, the student was seen on campus Friday. The student was instructed not to return to campus

University of Memphis released the following statement:

Anyone exposed to measles, or are exhibiting symptoms, is banned from campus and should not have contact with others. They should call the Memphis and Shelby County Hotline at 901-222-9299.  

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