There Are Now Confirmed Measles Cases In Texas

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"This is a reminder for people to be on guard and be up to date on their vaccinations", said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director for Harris County Public Health.

"Our vaccination rates are not so low that I think we are going to be like Italy or Romania that had thousands of cases a year ago but we could have a few hundred cases", Ludke said.

Denton County Public Health has confirmed one measles case in Denton County.

Clark County also reported three new exposure sites, all of which are medical facilities in Vancouver - the Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, the Sea Mar Medical Clinic Salmon Creek and the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Emergency Department. "They stayed away from others while on symptom watch, so we have no new public exposures to measles".

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The Texas cases follow dozens in Washington state, where 49 confirmed cases turned up last month. All five of the Texas cases were confirmed on Monday, while the Pacific Northwest outbreak has 50 confirmed measles cases.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air. According to the CDC, one in every four people with measles is hospitalized and one or two people will die for every 1,000 with measles-even with the best care. For full protection, one dose is suggested at 12 to 15 months and another at 4 to 6 years old. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.

They said there's no shortage of these vaccines in the community, and they encourage anyone who hasn't received it to get it done.

The last confirmed report of a measles case in Harris County was by the City of Houston in 2018. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. Officials say they had stayed at home and in contact with health officials.

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