Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Texas' 6 confirmed measles cases include 4 children who were being vaccinated

The profile page of the Clark County Public Health Twitter feed is seen here at the Clark County Pub Measles case confirmed in Central Texas
Carol Daniels | 09 February, 2019, 04:06

Kate Brown urged residents to get vaccinated Thursday as public health officials in OR and Washington reported a combined 56 confirmed cases of measles.

There are now no reported confirmed cases of measles in Yakima County.

"We had one past year and before that it was 2013", Houston Health Department spokesman Porfirio Villarreal said.

The brand new measles circumstances in Houston carry the overall variety of instances in Texas to six up to now in 2019. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. However, there are 11 people who display symptoms of measles and are awaiting the results of blood work to confirm the diagnosis.

In Harris County, two boys and a woman are being treated for measles. Israel and Ukraine are now dealing with large outbreaks of measles. According to the CDC, the current outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) are concentrated in Washington State, New York State, and New York City.

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Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.

According to HCPH, measles is a highly contagious airborne virus and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they're not yet vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected: The first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.

Measles cases in Texas were steady from 2015 to 2017 with only one case a year, but that number went up to nine cases in 2018. Symptoms are a high fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat and red, watery eyes followed by a rash breakout three to five days after symptoms begin. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible. In 2013, 27 cases of measles were reported in Texas; 16 of the 27 confirmed cases were in Tarrant County, according to the DSHS. Your best protection is the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.

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