Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

The Oregon person who tested positive January 25 had been in contact with someone from southwest Washington in Clark County, who was contagious with measles.

DCPH will continue to monitor and investigate any measles concerns within Denton County.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region reported five children and one adult female had been confirmed to have the measles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 - to be fully protected against measles.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air.

The announcement of this case in North Texas comes after 31 cases of measles were reported last month in Portland, Oregon, most of which occurred in children under the age of 10.

"Getting vaccinated protects you as well as those who are unable to receive vaccines due to age or medical conditions", said Michelle Beall, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Brookshire Grocery Company.

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The health department said there are two other potential cases of measles that are pending as they wait for test results.

Measles is often brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who become infected in other countries, says the CDC.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat and a rash that spreads all over the body.

Health officials say three of the 11 suspect cases were unimmunized when exposed to measles.

Vaccination remains the most effective method for preventing measles, according to the Bell County Health District.

In 2018, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 diagnosed cases of measles in the U.S.

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