New measles cases discovered in Houston amid outbreaks elsewhere

Lynn Cook
February 8, 2019

Six measles cases have been confirmed in Central Texas as of February 6.

The Oregon cases are a part of the larger Vancouver-area outbreak that stands at 50 confirmed cases of measles and 11 suspected cases as of Wednesday, according to Clark County Public Health. Three cases were reported in Harris County and one case was reported in Bell, Galveston and Montgomery counties. "Unfortunately, people think that measles is just a rash and fever but measles can cause serious health concerns, especially in young children, and is highly contagious". Vaccination is incredibly effective at protecting those we love from this infection. DCPH encourages individuals with signs and symptoms of measles to contact their health care provider prior to visiting.

Symptoms include a high fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, red eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of measles vaccine, one given at between 12 months and 15 months of age and one between ages 4 and 6.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, without specific antiviral treatment available, says the CDC.

"Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 [percent] of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected", the release read.

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So far so good say health officials in Yakima. People who experience these mild vaccine-associated rashes can not transmit the vaccine virus to other people. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases.

Measles is prevented through the combination measles, mumps, and rubella, or MMR, vaccine.

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