Five Children, One Adult Diagnosed With Measles In Central Texas

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The Houston outbreak comes as new cases of measles are being confirmed in Washington state on a daily basis, and other cases have been confirmed in Oregon, Georgia, and NY.

Bell and Montgomery County both have a measles case involving children.

Forty-eight of the cases are in children 18 years and younger and all the cases either were unvaccinated, undervaccinated or an unknown vaccination status.

According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 79 cases of measles had been reported in the United States by January 31, 2019. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four.

The Center has reported three outbreaks; the outbreaks are associated with travelers, who "brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine". According to the CDC, the current outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) are concentrated in Washington State, New York State, and New York City.

To prevent illness, one dose of measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine must be given to unimmunized people within 72 hours of exposure.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air.

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"Getting vaccinated protects you as well as those who are unable to receive vaccines due to age or medical conditions", said Michelle Beall, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Brookshire Grocery Company.

Officials say those people were in close contact with the only other person confirmed to have the measles in Multnomah County.

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.

Fever is followed by the onset of cough, runny nose, and/or eye inflammation. Health officials say the shots are safe and effective, providing about 93 percent protection with one dose and 97 percent with two doses.

In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases.

Davis said you should stay at home and call the doctor instead to avoid spreading it to others if you do have it. Davis wants to reassure people in the community that if there is a confirmed case in Lane County, they will hear about it immediately from Lane County Health and Human Services. Previous year was the highest number of cases since 2014, which had ten reported cases.

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

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