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Seventh measles case confirmed in Shelby County

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The Shelby County Health Department confirmed a seventh case of the measles in Shelby County.

It is unclear at this time whether the infected person is related to any of the other six infected people in the county.

Dr. Alisa Haushalter of the Shelby County Health Department said it's every person's individual responsibility to make sure they are protecting themselves against the disease. According to the Shelby County Health Department, the outbreak has caused hundreds of people to flock to doctors offices and clinics to get their measles shots.

"What we do know is that six of the individuals were not immunized," Dr. Haushalter said. "The seventh had received their first MMR, but had not received the second."

Although officials are closely monitoring each case, Dr. Haushalter said adults should take preventative steps by getting themselves and their children both vaccines.

"So, at this point, we have two that are connected," Dr. Haushalter said. "Then the majority of the other group, it's four there. Then one that we haven't fully connected to the others yet."

Mothers like Keshuan Scott said it's important for everyone to receive the vaccine.

"I think it is very important that they do receive the vaccination," Scott said. "Because, if they're sick its potential spread that they can actually get other children sick."

Measles is a highly contagious disease, known for its distinctive rash that starts at the top of the head and spreads through the body.

The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine is 97 percent effective if a patient has received two doses of the vaccine. Health department officials strongly urge residents to get the vaccine to protect themselves against the disease.

"It's not a surprise that we have another case," Haushalter said. "The first case was a surprise."

The health department said those seven people range in ages from children to adults. 

If you think you may have come in contact with the virus, do not go to the emergency room. Instead, seek advice from your local health care provider.

If you have questions about the measles virus or the MMR vaccine, call the Measles Hotline at (901)222-9299.

Click here to read more about the measles in Shelby County.

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