Houston area: Three measles cases confirmed in NW Harris County

08 February, 2019, 10:22 | Author: Cecil Davis
  • Gillian Flaccus  APA sign is posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 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.

Denton County Public Health has confirmed one measles case in Denton County. All three patients live in northwest Harris County. The Houston outbreak comes as new circumstances of measles are being confirmed in Washington state every day, and different instances have been established in Oregon, Georgia, and NY.

The United States outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are in New York State, New York City and Washington State.

According to the World Health Organization a community needs a minimum of 90% of its members to be vaccinated to help prevent measles outbreaks. Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected: The first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

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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.

"You are having an increase of people that haven't been immunized, that haven't developed antibodies, when people are coming from different countries that don't have that vaccine protocol and they are infected - people come in and out all the time", Beckham said.

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

Measles is a viral infection that causes a rash over the entire body.

So far in 2019, six confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Texas. Your best protection is the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Health officials say the case is part of the cluster in the region.

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