One Measles Case Confirmed In Denton County

08 February, 2019, 08:54 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

All three cases are children who were not vaccinated or did not complete their vaccine series.

The health department is encouraging anyone who may have symptoms of measles to contact your doctor.

According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 79 cases of measles had been reported in the United States by January 31, 2019.

Recently, Fort Worth, Plano, Houston and Austin were singled out as anti-vaccine "hotspots" because a number of Texas families are opting out of vaccines, according to a study in PLOS Medicine. The agency says global travelers returning from Israel and Ukraine-where large outbreaks recently occurred-appear to be spreading the measles in the United States.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, without specific antiviral treatment available, says the CDC. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

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Health officials said it takes two doses of the MMR vaccine to protect you against Measles, Mumps and Rubella - and it will give you peace of mind if you come down with similar symptoms.

Public Health's announcement this afternoon also had 11 suspected cases, three of which the department was able to confirm were initially unimmunized though they received the vaccination after 72 hours of exposure.

The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the USA that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC.

To date, all lab results of confirmed cases have matched a wild strain of virus, preventable through vaccination, circulating in Eastern Europe.

According to the World Health Organization a community needs a minimum of 90% of its members to be vaccinated to help prevent measles outbreaks.

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