Four of the measles cases are in children under 2 years old and the fifth was a 25-35-year-old woman. Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas. All three individuals live in northwest Harris County, according to Harris County Public Health.
"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", said Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.
In 2013, 27 cases of measles were reported in Texas; 16 of the 27 confirmed cases were in Tarrant County, according to the DSHS.
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Clark County Public Health has confirmed 49 cases of the measles, while King County has at least one confirmed case, CNN reported. Three outbreaks-in New York state, New York City and Washington state-were associated with travelers who had been to Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks have occurred.
"However, in these situations, it is hard to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness", the department states, so they are treating those cases as confirmed and releasing exposure times and places for them.
"Unfortunately, people think that measles is just a rash and fever but measles can cause serious health concerns, especially in young children, and is highly contagious".
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The United States is now facing not one but three measles outbreaks, and once again the main culprit is people's refusal to get vaccinated.
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. Sixberry says it's important that patients know their measles vaccination status. Of note, 2017 was also a record year for vaccination coverage when 90% of coverage for the second dose of the measles vaccine was achieved for the first time ever, according to WHO.
DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children get a dose of the measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years.
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