Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Three measles cases confirmed in Houston area

Three measles cases confirmed in Houston area

The announcement of this case in North Texas comes after 31 cases of measles were reported last month in Portland, Oregon, most of which occurred in children under the age of 10.

The cases are part of a larger outbreak in Clark County, where health officials said Wednesday they have confirmed 50 cases of measles since the beginning of January, with one additional case in the Seattle area.

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

This adds to the national measles outbreak seen across the county.

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

Rubella, also known as German measles, can cause a mild rash on the face, swelling of glands behind the ears, and in some cases, swelling of the small joints and low-grade fever.

They said there's no shortage of these vaccines in the community, and they encourage anyone who hasn't received it to get it done.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

Clark County, Washington - where the outbreak began on December 31 - reported Wednesday that is has identified 13 additional suspected cases, including four in unvaccinated people who had contact with contagious individuals. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune. "In a sense, we already saw that in 2018, but it looks like cases may pick up more in 2019".

"This is a reminder for people to be on guard and be up to date on their vaccinations", said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director for Harris County Public Health. Once quite common, measles can now nearly always be prevented with a vaccine. Children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had one dose of vaccine are more likely to get infected.

File Image: Measles vaccine prevents the disease.

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