600 people in sixteen states and three countries are now at risk to measles, exposed by just one person with the highly contagious virus.
Tennessee’s first case was reported last Thursday in Knox County, but the state won’t say exactly where. He was infected while in another country where there is a measles epidemic, but it’s unclear when the man arrived back in the United States.
The Mississippi State Health Department says the man was contagious when he went to two fast food restaurants April 9 and April 10. The next day, he left Hattiesburg and arrived in East Tennessee on April 11. His rash appeared on April 13, but his first blood tests came back negative for measles.
Now health experts are telling hospitals to prepare for measles cases with an isolation area, because they expect more.