Three measles cases confirmed in Houston area

Cheryl Sanders
February 8, 2019

Melissa Sixberry with the Yakima Health District says "now is a good time to check the immunization records of your kids and yourself".

Bell and Montgomery County both have a measles case involving children. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent". The Houston outbreak comes as new circumstances of measles are being confirmed in Washington state every day, and different instances have been established in Oregon, Georgia, and NY.

The Center has reported three outbreaks; the outbreaks are associated with travelers, who "brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine".

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The United States outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are in New York State, New York City and Washington State.

About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected.

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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. Previous year was the highest number of cases since 2014, which had ten reported cases.

The measles is highly contagious with nine out of 10 people around the infected subject becoming infected if they are not vaccinated, health officials said.

To date, all lab results of confirmed cases have matched a wild strain of virus, preventable through vaccination, circulating in Eastern Europe. The measles vaccination, MMR, protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

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