Region 8 mothers concerned about measles outbreak

St. Bernard's Measles Warning
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With confirmed cases of measles in Shelby County, Tennessee, a Jonesboro hospital placed signs on its doors to make people aware of the symptoms.

The signs at the St. Bernards Medical Center advise people to inform their doctor if they are experiencing a fever with a rash.

Katie Garner is a mother of two and noticed a sign at The Children's Clinic in Jonesboro.

She posted a photo of it online to alert other mothers.

Garner said she is very cautious when it comes to her kids and diseases because her son has a congenital heart defect.

She said even a cold could hospitalize him.

Since she learned of the cases in Tennessee, she said she has taken extra steps to keep her kids as germ-free as possible.

"We try not to use public restrooms if we can and we always wipe down Walmart carts," Garner said. "I try to keep them from putting their hands in their mouth."

She is not the only concerned mother in the area.

Sarah Yarbrough has a young daughter and has also been mindful of the measles outbreak.

"We've even considered keeping her home a lot more from school just because that stuff is contracted so easily and so quickly that it would just be devastating for that to happen," Yarbrough said.

Both mothers said they have checked with their doctors to make sure their children are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Dr. Justin Yancey, a pediatric hospitalist at St. Bernards, said the best way to prevent the disease is to have the vaccination.

He said if a person gets the measles, all they can do is treat the symptoms.

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