5 measles cases confirmed in Harris, Galveston, Montgomery counties
08 February, 2019, 10:26 | Author: Sue Riley
Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas.
HCPH says the best way to protect yourself against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is through immunization.
Three of the cases are located in Harris County, with one in Montgomery County and a fifth in Galveston County. All three patients live in northwest Harris County. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
What's more, the latest update noted all confirmed cases matched a strain of the virus circulating in Eastern Europe. "It's a very serious disease that can be prevented by vaccination".
DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children get a dose of the measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.
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This is the seventh confirmed case of measles in Texas in the past week. The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, entails 49 confirmed circumstances of measles and nine suspected situations, in keeping with native public health officers.
Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body.
Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they have not yet vaccinated, officials said.
"However, in these situations, it is hard to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness", the department states, so they are treating those cases as confirmed and releasing exposure times and places for them.
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