MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The first case of measles has been reported in the state of Tennessee amid a nationwide outbreak.
The Tennessee Department of Health reported Thursday that the first case of measles has been found in East Tennessee after officials say a resident tested positive.
While no cases have been reported in West Tennessee, health officials say all Tennesseans should be aware of measles and its symptoms that range from fever to body aches to a red rash.
Local health experts are speaking out, giving advice on how you can take early precaution against the disease
“There is a multi-state measles outbreak and we also have to anticipate that that's going to make its way to Tennessee,” said Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter. “I would really encourage people to get vaccinated and have their children vaccinated.”
Health officials say this disease is highly contagious and can stay airborne or live on surfaces for up to two hours.
All Tennesseans are urged to double-check and make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations, including the measles vaccination.