Texas' 6 confirmed measles cases include 4 children who were being vaccinated

Texas' 6 confirmed measles cases include 4 children who were being vaccinated

Texas' 6 confirmed measles cases include 4 children who were being vaccinated

"We have one positive case in Galveston County, and we are aware of a small cluster of cases in the region", said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority.

The patients, two boys under the age of 2 and a woman between the ages of 25 and 35, reside in northwest Harris County, officials said. At this time, this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

Five new measles cases have been confirmed in the Houston area and the diagnoses have launched investigations into the origins of each illness. The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, entails 49 confirmed circumstances of measles and nine suspected situations, in keeping with native public health officers. Last year there were 372 cases and this year, as of January 31, the Center for Disease Control has confirmed 79 cases.

Public Health said vaccine-related rashes do not make people contagious.

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body.

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Experts attribute the spread of measles in part to lower vaccination rates in certain communities, making more people vulnerable to the disease and lowering the level of herd immunity that protects large groups from becoming infected.

Both the DSHS and the CDC recommend children get 1 dose of measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age, and then the 2nd dose at 4-6 years.

Those who may have been exposed and believe they have measles symptoms are asked to contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting their offices to avoid more exposure.

Vaccination is the key to measles prevention.

Public health did note some likely immune groups, such as those born before 1957, those who are certain they have already had the disease and those up-to-date on vaccines - one dose for children up to four years old and two doses for those four and older.

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