Texas Confirms 6 Measles Cases During 2019

Texas Confirms 6 Measles Cases During 2019

Texas Confirms 6 Measles Cases During 2019

"We know there's a link between two of the Houston-area cases, and public health is investigating to determine whether the others are linked or whether they occurred independently", Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said. In total, at least 79 cases have been reported across the country in 2019.

Three new instances of measles had been confirmed by health officers in Houston on Monday, making it the most modern metropolis to have them as soon as-eradicated illness seems in the latest weeks.

Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist said he's seeing new cases every day. A New York Department of Health official confirmed to ABC News last week that there were 30 confirmed cases to date in New York so far this year, and 122 confirmed cases in 2018. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four.

Measles is an airborne disease which is highly contagious but it is preventable.

A state of emergency was announced recently in the western USA state of Washington after a measles outburst that has impacted over two dozen people and the majority of them are children. The second vaccine is given when the child is between 4 and 6 years of age. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.

Public Health said about 5 percent of people develop a rash after their first vaccination, but after the 72-hour window that rash could be due to the full-blown disease, not the immunization.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is one of a handful of states with confirmed cases of measles already reported in 2019. Your best protection is the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Other symptoms include a high fever over 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Officials say they had stayed at home and in contact with health officials.

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