Health Officials Say 5 Cases Of Measles Confirmed In Texas

Check Those Immunization Records Say Health Experts

Check Those Immunization Records Say Health Experts

"Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus, which spreads to others through coughing and sneezing", said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director for Harris County Public Health. Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas.

Health officials in Texas have confirmed there are 5 cases of the Measles in the Lone Star state, with a 6th waiting to be confirmed.

The CDC says there have been 79 cases of measles so far this year in the states that reported data, and it's only February.

According to the World Health Organization a community needs a minimum of 90% of its members to be vaccinated to help prevent measles outbreaks. About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.

Both vaccines are typically given in two doses to young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.

The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization.

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So Clark County, Washington (Vancouver) has an outbreak of dozens of cases, one of which is from across the river in Portland.

Six cases of the measles have been confirmed in Texas in recent days, health officials say.

Three cases were reported in Harris County and one case was reported in Bell, Galveston and Montgomery counties. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

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.

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