UPDATE: Health officials say people could have been exposed to measles at two gas stations in TN
UPDATE: The Tennessee Department of Health says people could have been exposed to measles at two gas stations in East Tennessee; one in Chattanooga.
In Alabama, state health officials say the person stopped at a truck stop and a fast food restaurant.
Health officials say they were able to pinpoint the locations while investigating a case of measles in an East Tennessee resident.
The two locations in East Tennessee and the possible time periods of exposure are:
The Alabama Department of Health said the Tennessee Department of Health advised there are two locations where people could have been exposed on April 11:
The Tennessee Department of Health said if you visited either of these gas stations during the specified dates and times, you should do the following:
- Check your vaccination status. Locate your immunization records. People who have had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella or MMR vaccine are protected against measles and need to take no further action in regard to an exposure to measles. Contact your health care provider if you cannot locate your immunization records and/or are not certain if you are immune to measles.
- If you are not immune to measles, watch for symptoms of the illness. Measles symptoms may include fever, runny nose, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth. Several days after these symptoms start, a red, spotty rash typically begins on the face and spreads over the body. Symptoms may develop any time in the 21 days following exposure to the illness. Nearly one in three measles patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea or pneumonia.
- If you develop measles symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider. Those with symptoms of measles should first call a health care provider to make arrangements to visit a health care facility before going to a health care center in order to prevent further exposure of others to the illness.
Health officials are urging anyone in Tennessee who has not been vaccinated to do so.
“Most people in Tennessee are vaccinated against measles and are protected against this illness,” TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD, said “This appearance of measles is a reminder about the importance of vaccines in protecting our population, and we urge everyone who has not been vaccinated to do so now to protect themselves, their families, their coworkers and their communities.”
If you have questions about protecting yourself from measles, call your health care provider or your local health department. The phone number for the Hamilton County Health Department is 423-209-8000.