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No new cases of measles reported in Shelby County

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There are no new measles cases related to the current measles outbreak in Shelby County.

“The number of confirmed measles cases remains at six,” confirmed Steve Shular, Shelby County public affairs officer. “It is also important to note that Memphis in May begins on April 29. If you are an individual with measles or recently came in contact with an individual with measles please be on alert for any symptoms, which may include fever and a cough, runny nose and red eyes.”

When a person is infected with measles, a rash of tiny red spots breaks out a few days after the fever, starting at the head and spreading to the rest of the body. This rash can last for a week; the cough can last for several days more.

If you develop these symptoms, please do the following:
1. Please call your health care provider before going to the office for evaluation or call 901-222-9299.
2. Do NOT go to the hospital or emergency room to get treated unless you or your child need URGENT medical care.
3. Stay indoors and AVOID PUBLIC PLACES!
4. AVOID contact with other people.
5. WASH your hands and practice good hygiene.
6. Cover your cough.
7. Ensure that your family and friends received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The Shelby County Health Department, supported by staff members from the Tennessee Department of Health, continues to work to prevent the spread of measles in the community and will update you on any developments in the investigation. Remember, the best protection against the measles is the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine.