6 measles cases reported in Memphis area, exceeding rest of U.S.

The number of measles cases in 2016 had been held to just four nationwide until last week, when an outbreak in the Memphis area spawned six new cases in the short span of a weekend. None of the patients, including at least one adult, were immunized against the highly contagious virus.

The number of measles cases in 2016 had been held to just four nationwide until last week, when an outbreak in the Memphis area spawned six new cases in the short span of a weekend. None of the patients, including at least one adult, were immunized against the highly contagious virus. Other locals who were vaccinated should be protected, according to state health experts, but the infection is almost certain to spread beyond the current confirmed number. Prior to now, only nine cases had been documented across Tennessee since 2004.