Now Even Houston Is Getting Infected by Measles

Check Those Immunization Records Say Health Experts

In a report released this time past year World Health Organization officials wrote, "Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others". In total, at least 79 cases have been reported across the country in 2019.

Three measles cases were confirmed in Harris County, one in Montgomery County and another in Galveston County. Clark County officials said that a majority of the patients affected, 41, were not vaccinated.

The Texas cases follow dozens in Washington state, where 49 confirmed cases turned up last month.

There are now no reported confirmed cases of measles in Yakima County.

A state of emergency was announced recently in the western US state of Washington after a measles outburst that has impacted over two dozen people and the majority of them are children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected: The first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history. Children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had one dose of vaccine are more likely to get infected.

Five of these measles cases are in the greater Houston area and 1 case was reported in Bell County, which is located near Temple, TX.

Measles is a viral infection that causes a rash over the entire body.

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes. Visit www.cdc.gov/measles for details about symptoms, treatment, and MMR vaccine safety. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.

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