Health Officials Say 5 Cases Of Measles Confirmed In Texas

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DCPH encourages individuals with signs and symptoms of measles to contact their health care provider prior to visiting.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director.

In Harris County, two boys and a woman are being treated for measles.

Three Multnomah County residents are confirmed to have been diagnosed with measles.

One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines.

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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The case is the seventh in Texas in recent days.

The CDC states measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing, according to the release. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected.

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).

"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.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat and a rash that spreads all over the body. Officials say they had stayed at home and in contact with health officials.

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

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