Measles outbreak: 50 confirmed cases

Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

Measles is highly contagious and early identification remains a critical public health measure to reduce the spread of the disease.

Denton County Public Health confirmed the case Wednesday and is working to identify and contact other people who may have been exposed.

"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.

Since the beginning of the year, Clark County Public Health has reported 50 confirmed measles cases and another 11 suspect cases. The Pacific Northwest outbreak includes one confirmed case in King County, where Seattle is located, and one in Multnomah County, which includes Portland, Ore.

The department did not release any information about the person who contracted measles, citing patient confidentiality.

According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 79 cases of measles had been reported in the United States by January 31, 2019.

KC area schools to close early Tuesday; slick roads possible
It warns freezing rain Thursday and high winds early Friday could cause more problems, like downed wires or other safety hazards. By Tuesday morning, temperatures will be in the low 20s, and won't get above about 30 the rest of the day.

According to the Texas DSHS, "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing".

All three cases are children who were not vaccinated or did not complete their vaccine series.

"Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 [percent] of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected", the release read. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Symptoms include a high fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, red eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Health officials said it takes two doses of the MMR vaccine to protect you against Measles, Mumps and Rubella - and it will give you peace of mind if you come down with similar symptoms.

In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.