Measles Cases Confirmed in Galveston, Harris, Montgomery

Measles Cases Confirmed in Galveston, Harris, Montgomery

Measles Cases Confirmed in Galveston, Harris, Montgomery

"People that are actually infected with measles, one in four will get hospitalized and one in 1,000 may die", said Dana Beckham, director of Harris County Public Health. "In a sense, we already saw that in 2018, but it looks like cases may pick up more in 2019".

In 2017, Texas Health and Human Services released its report of student vaccinations, showing overall Texas schools reported high rates of coverage for each vaccine but kindergarten students reported slightly lower coverage due to personal beliefs.

The three individuals involved in the new cases were in close contact with the first Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles January 25, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

In Harris County, two boys and a woman are being treated for measles. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone. Jackson County Health officials point out that there are NO cases of measles in the county at the moment.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. "Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will become infected".

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Both vaccines are typically given in two doses to young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new measles cases in Houston bring the total number of cases in Texas to six so far in 2019.

A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas. Measles is prevented through the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes. Officials say they had stayed at home and in contact with health officials.

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