Shelby County officials prepared for future measles cases

Officials prepared for future measles cases

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Currently, five cases of the measles are isolated to East Tennessee.

There are no confirmed measles cases in Shelby County and health officials don’t really expect any. However, if it happens they are prepared.

Shelby County has amped up its daily defensive effort to prevent the spread of the measles outbreak into the county.

It's a battle they've fought before with six cases of the measles in 2016.

“We learned quite a bit during that outbreak, which will hopefully improve our response in the event that we detect any cases in Shelby County in the near future,” said Dr. Alisa Haushaulter, Shelby County Health Department director.

Friday, Shelby County’s Health Department director, along with county mayor Lee Harris, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Nicholas Hysmith shared the team effort in place to prevent new cases from happening.

Doctors say prevention starts with the MMR vaccine.

"The most important and effective way to prevent an outbreak of measles in the community is for everyone to have immunity to measles," said Dr. Nicholas Hysmith, Le Bonheur.

The five cases in Tennessee, helped to put the nationwide total at its highest level since 2000.

"There are a handful of cases in Tennessee, so we are watchful right now to make sure we are prepared," said Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County.

Preparation that takes a community effort to combat the contagious disease.

Again, your best line of defense from this highly contagious disease is two rounds of the MMR vaccine.

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