Third location of possible measles exposure identified in Hattiesburg

Pine Belt physician warns of measles exposure in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health has identified a third location in Hattiesburg where people may have been exposed to measles by a contagious out-of-state traveler.

State health officials said the person was reportedly at the food court inside Turtle Creek Mall on Wednesday, April 10, from noon to 2 p.m. The man also 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. and the Raising Cane’s on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg on April 10 between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Health officials alert of measles exposure in Hattiesburg area

If you were at any of these locations during these times, health officials say you need to make sure you and your family are up-to-date on vaccinations.

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.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and State Epidemiologist Paul Byers said during a Friday news conference that officials have identified numerous individuals who came into contact with the infected person in Hattiesburg and are monitoring them closely. No cases of measles have been reported from this exposure.

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