Officials have confirmed the first case of measles in Tennessee this year.
Ayrika L Whitney, The Tennessean

The East German man who contracted measles is not a resident of Knox County, but he spent time here while he was contagious, officials said.

In an interview with News Sentinel On Tuesday, Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan’s new record of the first and so far only case of measles confirmed in Tennessee this year.

“What we know is that during the infectious period that is about eight days, there were times when he was in Knox County,” Buchanan said. “Like everyone else who lives near here, they come out of Knox County. They come here for business and do things and then go home to another county. He was in and out of Knox County during this period of infectivity. “

Buchanan confirmed the man with measles is the same as traveled to Mississippi earlier this month. Officials there held a press conference to warn the public and said that the unvaccinated man visited Hattiesburg from April 9-11 and spent time at two fast food restaurants and at a mall dish.

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Knox County Heath Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan talks about the findings of the Health Department’s recent E. coli outbreak investigation during a press conference on Friday, July 6, 2018. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka / News Sentinel)