Five Cases Of Measles Confirmed in Texas

Desiree Burns
February 8, 2019

The announcement of this case in North Texas comes after 31 cases of measles were reported last month in Portland, Oregon, most of which occurred in children under the age of 10.

Texas allowing parents the choice whether to vaccinate their children does have an impact, Beckham said.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region reported five children and one adult female had been confirmed to have the measles.

As alarming as some of the recent numbers are, it pales in comparison to what measles used to be in the United States.

Part of what drives these outbreaks is the ease of the spread of measles.

Clark County also listed 11 suspected cases of measles.

The HSE says while the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years.

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Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

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. So far, there are 2 confirmed 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.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who are unvaccinated, travel to developing countries or have a vitamin A deficiency are more likely to catch the measles.

File Image: Measles vaccine prevents the disease.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease - it now prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved.

Washington lawmakers, meanwhile, will hold a public hearing Friday on a bill that would remove the so-called "philosophical" exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

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