The Tennessee Department of Health says two more measles cases have been discovered in eastern Tennessee. This brings the number of cases into the state of three.
The State Department states that the two new cases are associated with the first measles case.
The Tennessee Department of Health issued a warning last week saying that people may have been exposed to measles in Chattanooga after a patient visited a local gas station. According to TDH officials, the resident from eastern Tennessee visited Mapco on 200 Browns Ferry Road April 11, 2019 from 7:30 pm. at 10 pm TDH says that people should check their vaccination status to see if they are up to date.
"We expected to have more measles cases related to the first, and these new cases occurred in people we had identified and were monitoring as contacts of the first patient," said the Tennessee Immunization Program's health director, Michelle Fiscus, MD, FAAP. "The good news is that there are no further contacts of these new cases that have not yet been identified."
Measles continues to spread in the United States, with over 704 cases reported so far in 22 states so far. On Monday, US health officials updated the national count. It has already eclipsed the total for a whole year since 1994, when 963 cases were reported.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that this year's number includes 44 people who contracted the disease while traveling to another country. Some of these have triggered US epidemics, especially among unvaccinated people. This includes the largest epidemics in Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York.
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