Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County

Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County

The new measles cases in Houston bring the total number of cases in Texas to six so far in 2019. Four of the measles cases are in children under 2 years old and the fifth was a 25-35-year-old woman. All three individuals live in northwest Harris County, according to Harris County Public Health.

And, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and other news sources reported significant increases in measles cases during the week ending February 2, 2019.

Harris County Public Health spokesman Eddie Miranda said that epidemiologists are working to determine how patients acquired the infection while following the progress of the illnesses and the recovery of the patients.

In 2017, Texas Health and Human Services released its report of student vaccinations, showing overall Texas schools reported high rates of coverage for each vaccine but kindergarten students reported slightly lower coverage due to personal beliefs.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that is preventable with vaccination.

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A state of emergency was announced recently in the western USA state of Washington after a measles outburst that has impacted over two dozen people and the majority of them are children.

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.

The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, involves 49 confirmed cases of measles and nine suspected cases, according to local public health officials. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.

Five cases of the measles have been reported by three counties in the Houston area. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.

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