Measles cases confirmed in Harris County

Health officials in Texas have confirmed there are 5 cases of the Measles in the Lone Star state, with a 6th waiting to be confirmed.

Harris County Public Health spokesman Eddie Miranda said that epidemiologists are working to determine how patients acquired the infection while following the progress of the illnesses and the recovery of the patients.

Vaccination remains the most effective method for preventing measles, according to the Bell County Health District.

So far in 2019, six confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Texas.

Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was past year. With the measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest, it was only a matter of time before other states started having confirmed measles cases as well. There were no new confirmed cases of measles Tuesday - the first time in weeks. One day without a new measles case might seem an indicator of hope the outbreak is over, but it unfortunately doesn't necessarily indicate the end.

Mr. Van Deusen added in an email, 'Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune could become infected'.

"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. Children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had one dose of vaccine are more likely to get infected.

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

The number of cases reported is "the highest this decade" the World Health Organization said in a statement noting the numbers are "3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016".

Fever is followed by the onset of cough, runny nose, and/or eye inflammation.

The agency said it will continue working to improve vaccination rates.

Vanessa Coleman

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