Health officials alert of measles exposure in Hattiesburg area

Health officials alert of measles exposure in Hattiesburg area

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Top officials from the Mississippi State Department of Health have alerted Mississippians of a measles exposure in the Hattiesburg area.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and State Epidemiologist Paul Byers said during a Friday news conference that a man infected with measles traveled from Tennessee through Mississippi from April 9 to April 11.

Officials have identified numerous individuals who came into contact with the infected person and are monitoring them closely. No cases of measles have been reported from this exposure.

The man reportedly stopped at a Subway restaurant inside a Circle K on U.S. Highway 11 in Hattiesburg on April 9 between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The second location the man stopped at is the Raising Cane’s on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg on April 10 between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Symptoms of measles generally appear seven to 14 days after being infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Early symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and red eyes. Two or three days later, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days later, a rash breaks out.

If you believe you may have been exposed to measles, you should contact your physician to make sure you are covered by vaccination. If you believe you have measles, call your physician and avoid going to the emergency room and exposing others.

Hobbs said the infected man was not vaccinated and is no longer in the state of Mississippi.

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