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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.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 29684

Reported Deaths: 1103
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds238239
DeSoto148616
Madison126734
Jones110449
Neshoba98171
Lauderdale90079
Rankin88812
Forrest85142
Harrison84210
Scott76215
Copiah59216
Jackson58416
Leake57019
Holmes54441
Wayne53513
Lee53218
Oktibbeha53226
Washington5319
Warren49618
Yazoo4936
Leflore48049
Lowndes47212
Lincoln44334
Lamar4407
Grenada4325
Pike40712
Monroe38830
Lafayette3774
Attala35823
Sunflower3467
Newton3389
Covington3345
Panola3256
Bolivar32114
Adams29318
Simpson2833
Pontotoc2736
Marion27011
Tate2709
Chickasaw26918
Claiborne25610
Jasper2566
Winston2546
Noxubee2538
Pearl River24832
Clay24710
Marshall2173
Smith21611
Clarke20524
Coahoma1916
Union1919
Walthall1804
Kemper17714
Lawrence1701
Yalobusha1677
Carroll16411
Itawamba1348
Humphreys1329
Calhoun1284
Tippah12811
Hancock12613
Webster12610
Montgomery1242
Tallahatchie1224
Jefferson Davis1094
Prentiss1023
Greene1018
Jefferson993
Tunica933
Wilkinson929
Amite892
George783
Tishomingo741
Quitman730
Choctaw724
Perry654
Alcorn631
Stone571
Franklin412
Sharkey340
Benton300
Issaquena91
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4802152
Montgomery3947103
Mobile3904134
Tuscaloosa218842
Marshall168010
Lee130237
Madison12717
Shelby117623
Morgan10475
Walker90524
Franklin87814
Dallas8689
Elmore86414
Baldwin8289
Etowah70713
DeKalb6945
Butler62328
Chambers61227
Tallapoosa58369
Autauga56012
Russell5190
Unassigned50323
Lauderdale4736
Limestone4660
Lowndes46321
Houston4614
Cullman4354
Pike4175
Colbert3836
Coffee3702
Bullock3679
St. Clair3472
Barbour3452
Covington3437
Escambia3326
Calhoun3225
Hale30621
Marengo30011
Talladega3007
Wilcox2898
Sumter28412
Clarke2726
Dale2680
Jackson2632
Winston2463
Monroe2312
Chilton2282
Blount2261
Pickens2226
Marion21413
Randolph2019
Conecuh1977
Choctaw19512
Bibb1861
Greene1838
Macon1819
Perry1621
Henry1313
Crenshaw1253
Lawrence1050
Washington1047
Cherokee857
Geneva780
Lamar751
Fayette671
Clay622
Coosa581
Cleburne361
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