Shelby County measles outbreak may have spread to Mississippi - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Shelby County measles outbreak may have spread to Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (WMC) -

Mississippi is now looking into four possible measles cases.

The four people were not vaccinated against the virus, and they were exposed to measles in Shelby County, Tennessee.

No cases have been confirmed in Mississippi to date, but if any of these four people end up being a confirmed case, it will mean a growth in the outbreak that began in Shelby County at the end of April.

The patients in Mississippi are all under home quarantine.

"Measles is literally knocking at our back door," Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobb said. "This is a highly contagious, airborne disease and is easily spread from person to person. Unvaccinated individuals are highly susceptible to infection. This is a potentially deadly virus; infants and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk."

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