Mississippi health officials warn of possible measles exposure by Tennessee man


File – In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, a health care worker prepares syringes, including a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), for a child’s inoculations at the International Community Health Services in Seattle. The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday, March 1, 2019, as public health officials in Oregon […]

The Mississippi State Department of Health is warning people they may have been exposed to measles by a Tennessee man who was traveling in their state earlier this month.

Health officials say the man traveled through Hattiesburg on April 9 and 10 and may have exposed others to the disease.

The man was inside Subway at Circle K on Highway 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 and the Raisin’ Cane’s on Hardy Street from 10 to 11 p.m. on April 10. Both of those locations are in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The health department says he was not vaccinated. 

Officials emphasized that the risk is low for those who have been vaccinated.

Tennessee confirmed its first case of measles of 2019 on Thursday. They would only say a resident of East Tennessee was diagnosed with measles.

The Tennessee Department of Health was not able to answer questions about any correlation with the warning in Mississippi because they were closed for the Good Friday holiday.

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