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: 93087

Reported Deaths: 2809
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds6956155
DeSoto539355
Harrison372772
Jackson337867
Madison320086
Rankin318875
Lee258567
Jones239978
Forrest238270
Washington217471
Lafayette207239
Lauderdale1994124
Bolivar179065
Oktibbeha174750
Lamar162134
Neshoba1534103
Panola144027
Sunflower141144
Lowndes139857
Warren138050
Leflore136280
Pontotoc122516
Pike120948
Monroe118365
Scott116125
Copiah115933
Coahoma112327
Holmes109158
Marshall107515
Lincoln106253
Grenada105335
Yazoo103629
Simpson101243
Union97824
Tate95137
Leake93937
Adams91736
Wayne87421
Pearl River86250
Marion84133
Prentiss80817
Covington80622
Alcorn76811
Newton75623
Itawamba75221
Tallahatchie74918
George74413
Winston72319
Tishomingo65737
Chickasaw65224
Tippah64216
Attala64125
Walthall59325
Clay57117
Hancock56121
Jasper54915
Noxubee54315
Clarke53539
Smith52114
Calhoun50612
Tunica47913
Montgomery45420
Claiborne45116
Lawrence42512
Yalobusha41614
Perry40617
Humphreys37315
Quitman3735
Stone35011
Greene34317
Webster33113
Jefferson Davis32511
Amite31210
Carroll31212
Wilkinson30217
Kemper28615
Sharkey26312
Jefferson2399
Benton2181
Franklin1893
Choctaw1785
Issaquena1033
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 128818

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson18911337
Mobile13039289
Montgomery8628173
Madison750775
Tuscaloosa7180114
Lee570559
Shelby564550
Baldwin504749
Marshall382143
Etowah333447
Calhoun332039
Morgan318126
Houston269922
Elmore251947
DeKalb234619
St. Clair221335
Walker220780
Talladega205026
Limestone197319
Cullman183017
Franklin174128
Dallas173626
Russell17112
Autauga167324
Lauderdale164133
Colbert159326
Escambia155725
Blount154214
Jackson149411
Chilton147127
Dale132743
Covington130227
Coffee12708
Pike11519
Tallapoosa113183
Chambers112342
Clarke104917
Marion93728
Butler90838
Barbour8307
Marengo69919
Winston69912
Lowndes64527
Pickens63114
Bibb62810
Hale61228
Randolph60712
Bullock58514
Lawrence58220
Monroe5758
Geneva5634
Cherokee55516
Washington54413
Perry5376
Clay5367
Wilcox53011
Conecuh52311
Crenshaw52231
Macon47620
Henry4674
Fayette4189
Sumter41819
Lamar3452
Choctaw34412
Cleburne3206
Greene30015
Coosa1613
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