Denton County Public Health reports first case of measles

Denton County Public Health reports first case of measles

Denton County Public Health reports first case of measles

That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four. Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas.

The CDC said that at least eight other states have reported cases of the measles in 2019: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Oregon. The survival of over 26 confirmed cases in Washington created a severe public health risk that might rapidly spread to other counties.

In 2013, 27 cases of measles were reported in Texas; 16 of the 27 confirmed cases were in Tarrant County, according to the DSHS. 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.

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Galveston County Health District additionally confirmed a case involving a boy whose age ranges from 12 to 24 months outdated.

Experts attribute the spread of measles in part to lower vaccination rates in certain communities, making more people vulnerable to the disease and lowering the level of herd immunity that protects large groups from becoming infected. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines.

According to Chris Van Deusen, Director of Media Relations for DSHS, 'Early identification, along with immunization, are key to preventing measles outbreaks'. The second vaccine is given when the child is between 4 and 6 years of age. If you're not sure where to go to get a vaccination, you can find a wealth of information on the CDC's website, including a "vaccine finder" that lets you find places based in your zip code.

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