Bell County officials confirm possible measles case

Henrietta Brewer
February 8, 2019

It was publicized earlier that the disease was eradicated in the 2000 but has ever since made a return that is attached to imported cases and the growth of the anti-vaccine movement.

Measles can be unsafe, especially for babies and young children, officials said.

Denton County Public Health has confirmed one measles case in Denton County.

The case is the seventh in Texas in recent days.

These worldwide travelers then spread measles upon their return, which cause outbreaks in the USA.

Even though Arizona does not now have a reported case of measles, the state has one of the highest rates of exemptions for at least one vaccine that's required for childcare, kindergarten or sixth grade.

Three measles cases were confirmed in Harris County, one in Montgomery County and another in Galveston County.

Statewide in Washington, orders for measles vaccine jumped about 30 percent in January compared with the same month past year, climbing from 12,140 doses to 15,780 doses, figures showed. The identities of the patients have not been released by DSHS, but the health department said the children were either too young to be vaccinated or had not completed the two-part vaccination series. Israel and Ukraine are now dealing with large outbreaks of measles.

"This is a reminder for people to be on guard and be up to date on their vaccinations", said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director for Harris County Public Health.

DCPH is now in the process of identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed to the virus and this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

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.

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

In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases.

Measles vaccines are reported to be very effective, protecting people 97 percent of the time after 2 doses.

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

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