Health Department Investigating Measles Link

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department has been notified that a person who  visited Chattanooga on Wednesday, May 7, was diagnosed with measles and was likely contagious during their visit. The Health Department is following up with known direct contacts. No measles cases have been identified in Hamilton County. 

Because measles is highly infectious and may linger in the air for up to two hours, it is possible that a susceptible person could develop illness following an unrecognized exposure. People who develop symptoms are instructed to call their healthcare provider and public health prior to seeking medical care so that appropriate isolation precautions can be implemented. 

People who develop symptoms are instructed to remain at home and limit their contact with others. They should immediately call the Health Department (209-8190). They should also call their healthcare provider prior to seeking medical care so that appropriate isolation precautions can be implemented to minimize exposure to others. 

Measles begins with a fever, red weepy eyes, runny nose, and cough. Small bluish-white spots with red bases may be found in the mouth. The rash develops on day 3-7 of illness, beginning on the face and spreading downward. Complications can include bacterial superinfections or encephalitis. 

Persons with measles are contagious up to five days before rash onset and up to four days after the rash starts. The incubation period of illness is 8-12 days: rash may develop up to 18 days after exposure to an infectious case. 

Vaccination with two doses of MMR vaccine is extremely effective. Persons with a history of one 

dose of vaccine if exposed have about a 5-10 percent chance of becoming ill, though illness might be milder. Anyone who has had measles illness or is age-appropriately immunized is generally considered immune.  However, it is easily transmissible to susceptible people, including infants younger than age one year, who are too young to be vaccinated. Post-exposure vaccination may prevent illness in susceptible persons if administered within 72 hours of exposure. Persons age 6 months and up who plan to travel outside the U.S. and lack a history of two doses of MMR vaccine, or history of having the disease, should be vaccinated prior to travel to prevent infection. With the exception of women who might become pregnant and persons who work in medical facilities, birth before 1957 generally can be considered acceptable evidence of immunity to measles. 

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/measles/


Former Chattanooga Teacher And Administrator Featured In National Magazine

Charles McKenzie, a Chattanooga local and the first in his family to go to college, returned to Chattanooga to teach, eventually becoming a supervisor.  His inspiring story is featured in the 2015 edition of Life Care LEADER magazine, a publication of Life Care Centers of America.  Mr. McKenzie taught at schools across Chattanooga during his 30-year career, including ... (click for more)

Members Of Pickin And Grin'n Volunteering At Life Care Center Of Hixson Win THCP Group Volunteer Award

Members of Pickin and Grin’n, who volunteer every week at Life Care Center of Hixson, have received the Tennessee Health Care Association’s 2015 Group Volunteer Award. This award recognizes the group or organization that best exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism in the nursing home setting. For 19 years, this group has provided musical entertainment for the residents. Despite ... (click for more)

Crowd Packs Lindsey Street Hall For Presidential Candidate Rubio

A Chattanooga crowd packed the Lindsey Street Hall for presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Thursday afternoon. Former Congressman Zach Wamp, the statewide Rubio chairman, helped build the frenzy with a spirited introduction. "I believe in him 100 percent," he said of the 44-year-old junior Florida senator. The candidate stepped onto the stage of the former church just after ... (click for more)

Mississippi Couple Injured In Tragic Wreck At Ooltewah Exit Asking $1.5 Million In Damages

A Mississippi couple who said they suffered severe injuries in the June 25 wreck at the Ooltewah exit of I-75 in which six people were killed are suing for $1.5 million. John and Nancy Stanley, of Braxton, Miss., filed suit in Federal Court in Chattanooga. They are suing the driver of the truck that plowed into eight vehicles, Benjamin Brewer, as well as the owner of the truck, ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response (2)

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Every Child Must Watch This

In the course of my day, I read different websites, am sent all kinds of neat videos and I love the jokes I get. But when I logged onto my ever-bulging email account Thursday morning, I happened across the scariest, most terrifying video I have ever watched. There is a website I check called “Atchuup” that boasts “cool stories daily.” Some are pretty good but this one nearly knocked ... (click for more)