Bell County officials confirm possible measles case

Measles Vaccines

The best way to prevent measles infection is with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed a case in Bell County on Tuesday, a day after five cases were announced - three in Harris County, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. County officials were working to confirm that the woman had been vaccinated.

The health department said they are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

A sign prohibiting all children under 12 and unvaccinated adults stands at the entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., Jan. 25, 2019.

Even though Arizona does not now have a reported case of measles, the state has one of the highest rates of exemptions for at least one vaccine that's required for childcare, kindergarten or sixth grade.

This, the HSE says, is why measles outbreaks are occurring in Ireland and across Europe. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines.

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The health department said there are two other potential cases of measles that are pending as they wait for test results.

The rapid spread the virus prompted Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency at the end of January, saying the outbreak represented an "extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties".

In Clark County, 34 of the cases were among children age 10 or younger, while just two were among patients older than 18. Forty-two patients were not immunized against the virus, while health officials had not verified the immunization status of six patients. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

In 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) blamed the anti-vaccination movement for a surge in European measles cases.

Symptoms include a high fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, red eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.


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