Officials confirm case of measles in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Heath officials say they've confirmed a case of measles in Tennessee.

News outlets report the Tennessee Department of Health announced on Thursday that one person in East Tennessee tested positive for the highly contagious disease. Officials said only 15 other cases have been diagnosed in the state in the last decade. The largest and most recent outbreak consisted of seven cases in Shelby County in 2016.

The announcement came as the number of cases across the nation surge and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years. Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed in the U.S. so far this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which is 97% effective.

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