Doctors urge Mississippians to get Measles Vaccination

Another Location in Mississippi Possibly Exposed to Measles.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 6:13 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Doctors are strongly urging Mississippians to make sure they have the measles vaccination or to hurry and get one. 

This is said after someone may have unknowingly exposed even more people earlier in April.

Turtle Creek Mall Food Court in Hattiesburg has been added to the list of places that the person with measles had visited.

According to Mississippi State Department of Health, the person was at the Turtle Creek Mall Food Court on April 10 between 12 and 2 PM.

Anyone who may have been exposed is asked to contact their doctor to arrange proper treatment.

Mindy Prewitt is an Infectious Disease Consultant at North Mississippi Medical Center and even though she has not seen a case of the measles at the hospital, Prewitt says the best prevention of the measles is the vaccination.

“Measles is extraordinarily contagious with an attacking rate of 90%. Which means if I was a in a room with 100 people, 90 people in that room would become infected with measles," Prewitt said.

Prewitt says measles spread when a person infected with the measles virus breaths, coughs, or sneezes.

People can get the virus even when they are not in the same room at the same time.

“The state as a whole does a good job with vaccinating, but there’s going to be travelers and other things that people certainly need to be aware and certainly have some concern," Prewitt said.

According to the State Health Department, symptoms usually appear about 11 days after exposure and those symptoms include a cold, red eyes, runny nose, and a head to toe rash.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Monday 626 cases in 22 states since January 1, 2019.

That is the Nation's second highest total since the CDC said measles had been eradicated in 2000.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 515504

Reported Deaths: 10296
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34999558
DeSoto33360432
Hinds32743643
Jackson24906392
Rankin22565405
Lee16455245
Madison14954283
Jones14158248
Forrest13834260
Lauderdale12311323
Lowndes11357193
Lamar10693140
Pearl River9748244
Lafayette8868143
Hancock7849132
Washington7559169
Oktibbeha7229138
Monroe7068179
Pontotoc7033110
Warren6885178
Panola6791135
Neshoba6744210
Marshall6707142
Bolivar6468151
Union643598
Pike5942157
Alcorn5921107
Lincoln5540136
George510680
Prentiss508285
Tippah495683
Itawamba4884107
Scott478999
Tate4777117
Adams4776125
Leflore4749144
Copiah458195
Yazoo458092
Simpson4566117
Wayne443472
Covington434895
Sunflower4319106
Marion4295112
Coahoma4244110
Leake414191
Newton396182
Tishomingo386894
Grenada3789109
Stone366166
Jasper341266
Attala340490
Chickasaw318367
Winston318392
Clay312978
Clarke301695
Calhoun286850
Holmes272889
Smith270552
Yalobusha244947
Tallahatchie232353
Greene225149
Walthall222166
Lawrence220242
Perry214556
Amite210357
Webster206548
Noxubee188843
Montgomery182157
Carroll175441
Jefferson Davis174343
Tunica163539
Benton153139
Kemper145441
Choctaw137027
Claiborne134839
Humphreys132239
Franklin126530
Quitman107828
Wilkinson106139
Jefferson97134
Sharkey65321
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 847659

Reported Deaths: 16172
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1163752005
Mobile743371381
Madison53434738
Shelby38413371
Baldwin38171589
Tuscaloosa36131643
Montgomery34571782
Lee25664264
Calhoun22622519
Morgan22527408
Etowah20059520
Marshall18821318
Houston17769426
St. Clair16946359
Limestone16192220
Cullman16140305
Elmore15948295
Lauderdale15055307
Talladega14244302
DeKalb13061271
Walker12138380
Blount10765193
Autauga10545157
Jackson10204195
Coffee9435192
Colbert9363210
Dale9038192
Tallapoosa7283202
Russell710165
Chilton7078170
Covington6967197
Escambia6962144
Franklin6364108
Chambers5795142
Marion5435130
Dallas5302210
Pike5128109
Clarke485686
Lawrence4845130
Winston4785110
Geneva4650136
Bibb435495
Barbour370180
Butler3444101
Marengo342793
Monroe338366
Randolph337767
Pickens334790
Fayette331485
Henry321066
Cherokee319964
Hale318889
Crenshaw261678
Washington256852
Cleburne255460
Lamar253555
Clay252069
Macon245767
Conecuh193562
Coosa185847
Wilcox178338
Lowndes178268
Bullock152745
Perry141840
Sumter139741
Greene130345
Choctaw94328
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