Houston area: Three measles cases confirmed in NW Harris County

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Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas.

Measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get the first dose of that vaccine between 12 and 15 months and the second dose between ages 4 and 6.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region reported five children and one adult female had been confirmed to have the measles. Clark County officials said that a majority of the patients affected, 41, were not vaccinated.

Ninety-two percent of the cases were reported by 10 countries: Ukraine (53,218), Serbia (5,076), Israel (2,919), France (2,913), Italy (2,517), Russian Federation (2,256), Georgia (2,203), Greece (2,193), Albania (1,466), Romania (1,987). In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they're not yet vaccinated. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

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At least 5 measles cases have been reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston Counties.

The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization. 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.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

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. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.

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