- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Health officials say two unrelated cases of the measles have been confirmed in Shelby County.

The county’s Health Department said Friday that it is working with clinicians and physicians to identify people who may have been exposed to the two people who have contracted the illness. In a news release, the Health Department did not identify the two victims.

Officials say people who experience measles symptoms and have not been vaccinated should contact their health care provider by phone. Children normally receive their first dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine after their first birthday.

The Health Department says measles starts with a high fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash. The highly contagious illness can lead to pneumonia or inflammation of the brain.

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