Health officials investigate measles exposure in Hattiesburg

A measles outbreak in the United States shows no sign of slowing down. On Friday, state health officials began an investigation into the first case of the 2019 measles outbreak here in Mississippi.

The exposure came from an out-of-state traveler at two locations in Hattiesburg. The first known location was a Subway restaurant inside the Circle K on Highway 11 on Tuesday, April 9th between 2 and 4 p.m. The second was a Raising Cane’s on Hardy Street between 10 and 11 p.m.

Although there are no cases reported on the Coast, Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Le says the symptoms caused by the measles may be easily overlooked, but when you do notice them you should act quickly. “Some of the symptoms are vague. You get the cough, the red eye, you can get fever, the skin rash, bumps on the skin. Just be aware and seek medical attention if you start to have symptoms, especially the outbreak of the rash.”

Le says if you have not been vaccinated then you need to do so and if you have been there is a blood test that can be done to make sure you are still immune.

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