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Health Officials Say 5 Cases Of Measles Confirmed In Texas

08 February 2019, 08:52 | Silvia Roy

Check Those Immunization Records Say Health Experts

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At least 5 measles cases have been reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston Counties.

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.

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

The United States outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are in New York State, New York City and Washington State.

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To prevent illness, one dose of measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine must be given to unimmunized people within 72 hours of exposure.

"Getting vaccinated protects you as well as those who are unable to receive vaccines due to age or medical conditions", said Michelle Beall, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Brookshire Grocery Company.

Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they have not yet vaccinated, officials said. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Officials say they had stayed at home and in contact with health officials.

In 2018, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 diagnosed cases of measles in the U.S.

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"Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus, which spreads to others through coughing and sneezing", Umair Shah, the executive director of Harris County Public Health said in a statement confirming the new cases in Houston.

"Our vaccination rates are not so low that I think we are going to be like Italy or Romania that had thousands of cases previous year but we could have a few hundred cases", Ludke said.

According to the Bell County Health District, there were four possible cases under investigation.

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