Children Among 5 Confirmed Cases Of Measles In Texas

Children Among 5 Confirmed Cases Of Measles In Texas

Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas. Of note, 2017 was also a record year for vaccination coverage when 90% of coverage for the second dose of the measles vaccine was achieved for the first time ever, according to WHO.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed a case in Bell County on Tuesday, a day after five cases were announced - three in Harris County, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. "They stayed away from others while on symptom watch, so we have no new public exposures to measles". A New York Department of Health official confirmed to ABC News last week that there have been 30 established circumstances to this point in New York so far this year, and 122 confirmed instances in 2018.

According to the Texas DSHS, "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing". As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.


DCPH is now in the process of identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed to the virus and this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

This is the seventh confirmed case of measles in Texas in the past week.

"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.

They are 12 months old through preschool-aged and have documentation of one MMR vaccine. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body.

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