There have been two active cases of measles in Shelby County in Tennessee. Both local health authorities and state authorities are now investigating alongside the Tennessee Department of Health. There are no reports of connections between the two cases according to health officials.
There has been a public announcement for the people of Tennessee to watch for symptoms. Especially the Memphis area because of the two cases confirm. Health officials are anticipating more cases of the measles. Although, the source of the measles virus has not been found at this time.
This disease is very contagious and is the number one cause of death in young children. In 2014, there were reportedly 114,900 measle cases causing deaths all over the world; 13 deaths every hour summing up to 341 a day. Thankfully, during the years 2000 through 2014 the measles prevention vaccination saved over 17.1 million people from dying
The measles caused by the paramyxovirus family. It is passed from person to person through the air and infects the mucous membranes spreading throughout the human body. If you have been infected, the first sign is usually a high fever that can last 4 to 7 days, which will happen 10 to 12 days after you’ve been infected with the virus.
In the initial stage, other signs and symptoms will include watery eyes, red eyes, coughing, runny nose and small white irritated spots inside of your mouth usually on the inside of your cheeks. After several days a server rash will spread on your upper neck and face, within the next three days following the rash will spread to your feet and hands. The rash can last for 5 to 6 days and then it should fade.
Any person who is not vaccinated is at risk, especially younger children. There is no specific treatment for the measles virus disease after you have been infected, that’s why it is highly recommended to receive the prevention vaccination. Officials hope to find the source of the current measles cases in order to quickly prevent the spread of the virus. Prevention is key as in the past outbreaks have spread quickly and are very dangerous for the young and elderly.