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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.

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