JACKSON, MS (WMC) - Some Mississippi residents have been put on notice, after health officials say they may have been exposed to measles.
This news comes during a nationwide measles outbreak in the United States.
Mississippi health officials say the one confirmed measles case in East Tennessee traveled to South Mississippi last week.
“Measles is a highly contagious illness that spreads through the air and people can contract the disease by just being in the same location,” says state health officer Dr. Thomas Hobbs.
Health officials are now retracing that person’s steps while in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Health officials say people who were inside a local Subway on Highway 11 April 9 between 2-4 p.m. or the “Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers” restaurant the following night between 10-11 p.m. may have been exposed to measles.
Hobbs says many people have already been contacted to look out for symptoms.
Those symptoms include fever, cough, running nose, body aches and eventually a rash.
Dr. Alisha Haushalter with the Shelby County Health Department is asking everyone to take precautions.
“I would really encourage people to get vaccinated and have their children vaccinated,” said Haushalter.
Haushalter says there are no confirmed cases of measles in West Tennessee.
However, it’s a good time to make sure you are up to date with MMR vaccinations.
The CDC says in 2019 there have been more than 500 cases of measles in now more than 20 states.
The cases are primarily from large communities that are not vaccinated.
Last summer Memphis had its own run in with measles when a young child with the virus boarded a plane to Memphis.
Health officials say a highly vaccinated community keeps the virus from spreading.