NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tennessee Department of Health says customers at two convenience stores in Clinton and Chattanooga may have been exposed to measles.
The state health department is still working to investigate a case of measles in a resident of East Tennessee and notify hundreds of people who may have been exposed to him.
Health officials say people who were at Speedway, 2148 N. Charles G. Seivers Boulevard in Clinton, on April 12 between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., or Mapco, 200 Browns Ferry Road in Chattanooga, on April 11 between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. may have been exposed.
Anyone who visited either of those locations should check their vaccination status and locate their immunization records.
The Alabama state health department also said Wednesday the same person made two stops in there state where people may have been exposed to measles.
Mississippi health officials have also been warning people who may have come in contact with the man, who they say has not been vaccinated.
The man stopped at D&J Travel Plaza, 651 Highway 28 in W. Livingston, Alabama, at 2:20 p.m. to buy food and gas. He then stopped at 5:54 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, 1824 Glenn Boulevard in Fort Payne, Alabama, to buy food.
Tennessee health officials say they are expecting more cases in the state.
“I will be very surprised if we don’t have a few more cases because it is an easy disease to spread,” said Dr. Tim Jones with the Tennessee Health Department.
If you are not immune to measles watch for symptoms. 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 get symptoms, stay home and contact your health provider. Make arrangements to visit a health care facility instead of going there on your own to prevent exposure of others to the illness.
A hotline has been set up at (865) 549-5343 to answer questions about measles.