Measles cases confirmed in northwest Harris County

Measles cases confirmed in northwest Harris County

Measles cases confirmed in northwest Harris County

Health officials in Texas have confirmed there are 5 cases of the Measles in the Lone Star state, with a 6th waiting to be confirmed.

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that measles was confirmed in the three people Wednesday but that they pose no risk to the public.

"If you have a population that is unvaccinated, it's like throwing a match into a can of gasoline", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County's public health director.

"However, in these situations, it is hard to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness", the department states, so they are treating those cases as confirmed and releasing exposure times and places for them.

And, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and other news sources reported significant increases in measles cases during the week ending February 2, 2019.

Three were reported in Harris County and one was reported in Galveston County by the counties' health departments. Israel and Ukraine are now dealing with large outbreaks of measles.

Mr. Van Deusen added in an email, 'Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune could become infected'.

These global travelers then spread measles upon their return, which cause outbreaks in the USA. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body.

"If you feel like you're experiencing symptoms and signs of a measles infection, contact your health provider", Marlow said.

Officials say vaccinations levels are falling in several Texas counties, and anything below a 95 percent vaccination rate is considered risky.

"While this is a relatively small number of cases, it's a good time to make sure you and your children have gotten the recommended two doses of measles vaccine", Van Deusen said. Your best protection is the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.

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