Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

08 February, 2019, 10:23 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

Health officials say five cases of measles have been confirmed in southern Texas, including four children under the age of 2.

Three Multnomah County residents are confirmed to have been diagnosed with measles.

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.

Children should receive measles vaccination via one dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) between 12-15 months of age, and another dose prior to entering school, between 4-6 years of age, according to DCPH.

Updated at 10:25 p.m.: Revised to include a sixth case confirmed by state health officials.

Ninety-two percent of the cases were reported by 10 countries: Ukraine (53,218), Serbia (5,076), Israel (2,919), France (2,913), Italy (2,517), Russian Federation (2,256), Georgia (2,203), Greece (2,193), Albania (1,466), Romania (1,987).

The Center has reported three outbreaks; the outbreaks are associated with travelers, who "brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine".

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According to newly released data from the year, 82,596 people were infected and 72 people (children and adults) died from measles last year. As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours.

They said there's no shortage of these vaccines in the community, and they encourage anyone who hasn't received it to get it done.

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.

Signs embrace an excessive fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, pink eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

The people involved in these new cases stayed home while contagious, so there are no new public exposure sites where people might have come in contact with the disease.

Measles cases in Texas were steady from 2015 to 2017 with only one case a year, but that number went up to nine cases in 2018.

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