Concerns are running high in the Memphis metro area after six people have been diagnosed with the measles. This is an illness that has almost been eradicated but making a comeback. Highly populated Metro Memphis is in outbreak mode.
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable, viral infection. It can be fatal, especially in people with compromised immune systems.
How does the disease spread? According to the CDC, coming in contact with infected individuals, and not getting vaccinated.
There is hope and the likelihood this will not be widespread. There will be pockets of this.
"Potentially if you do have a patient that hasn't been immunized, then they are high risk," according to Dr. Scott Torrey Tuesday at his St. Dominic medical office in Madison.
According to the CDC, symptoms of measles generally appear about 7-14 days after a person is infected, so contagious that if one person has it, 90 % close to that person who are not immune will also become infected..
Stopping exposure quickly is key to containing a full blown measles outbreak to unprotected individuals.
"If you have people that are there, if you have known exposure to any individuals that have not been immunized, that's definitely something to be concerned about," added Dr. Torrey.
He also suggests many above the age of 20 can get tested to see if they need a measles booster shot..
To find out more, check out the Tennessee Department of Public Health website.
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