Measles cases confirmed in northwest Harris County


That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four.

Updated at 10:25 p.m.: Revised to include a sixth case confirmed by state health officials. Clark County officials said that a majority of the patients affected, 41, were not vaccinated.

This is the first reported measles case of 2019 in the North Texas area and the seventh reported case statewide according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The health department said there are two other potential cases of measles that are pending as they wait for test results.

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.

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"While this is a relatively small number of cases, it's a good time to make sure you and your children have gotten the recommended two doses of measles vaccine", Van Deusen said. Last year there were 372 cases and this year, as of January 31, the Center for Disease Control has confirmed 79 cases. "Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will become infected". For full protection, one dose is suggested at 12 to 15 months and another at 4 to 6 years old. The WHO (World Health Organization) in November stated that measles cases globally had jumped over 30% in 2017 correlated to the prior year, in part due to children not being immunized.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas.

"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.

So far so good say health officials in Yakima.

They said there's no shortage of these vaccines in the community, and they encourage anyone who hasn't received it to get it done.