Shelby County Health Department answers questions about measles outbreak

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department held an information meeting on the recent measles outbreak in the area.

Director Alisa Haushalter confirmed six people have recovered or are recovering from the measles at this time.

One other person is awaiting test results.

Some of the patients can be linked together, and they won’t be surprised if other cases of the measles pop up in the future, she said.

Before the meeting, the Health Department released the following list of those locations that the patients visited while they were infected.

St. Francis Hospital – Bartlett – Emergency Department
4/22/2016 any time after 10:45am

Primary Care Pediatrics
4/21/2016 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Family Physicians Group PC
4/20/2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
4/22/2016 8:00am – 12:30pm

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital – Emergency Department
4/20/2016 7:00pm – 4/21/2016 3:00am

Yukon Clinic
4/19/2016 9:45am – 12:45pm

River City Pediatrics
4/19/2016

Methodist University Hospital
4/11/2016 11:05am – 4/12/2016 1:30am

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital – Emergency Department
4/11/2016 11:00 – 3:00

Church Health Center Clinic
4/11/2016 7:00am – 11:00am

Dr. Crisler’s Practice
4/8/2016 10:00am – 1:30pm
4/9/2016 11:00am – 2:00pm
4/11/2016 9:30am – 12:15pm

Walgreens Clinic
4/6/2016 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Goodwill
4/17/2016 9am – 2pm

Collierville United Methodist Church Nursery
4/17/2016 9:00am – 12:00pm

Michael’s Craft Store
4/5/2016

 

If you were at these locations during the designated times, you are urged to know your immunization status.

Those who have received the immunization or had the measles as a child have a very slim chance of contracting the highly infectious disease.

The main concern for health professionals are those individuals who are not vaccinated such as young children.

If you don’t know if you have had the measles or have been vaccinated, you are urged to call your doctor.

Anyone can visit their healthcare provider of the Health Department to get a vaccine.

Haushalter said if you have the symptoms of the measles which include a rash, runny nose or a fever, contact your doctor.

Do not go to an emergency room or out in public.

Measles are highly contagious and an infected person can spread it four days before developing a rash and four days after.

The total incubation period for the measles is 21 days.

If you have questions about the measles, you can call the measles hotline at (901) 222-9299.

Staff are available during the day to take your questions, and will call you back if you leave a message at night.

For more information on the outbreak, click here.

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