Shelby County Health Department officials have identified a case of measles in an international traveler arriving in Memphis on Monday, March 12. The traveler returned from Brussels, Belgium, flying through Newark, New Jersey before arriving at Memphis International Airport.
The traveler in question was described as a child in a press conference by Shelby County Health Department official.
The child was immediately taken for medical care and was placed in isolation, to minimize risk of exposure to the community at large.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection characterized by a generalized rash and high fever, accompanied by cough, red eyes, and runny nose, lasting five to six days. The illness typically begins with a few days of high fever and feeling bad before a rash begins on the head and moves down the body to the arms and legs.
People who contract the measles virus can spread the infection for four days before developing a rash and for four days after the day the rash begins. Measles can spread easily through the air to unprotected individuals.