Now Even Houston Is Getting Infected by Measles

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

"We know there's a link between two of the Houston-area cases, and public health is investigating to determine whether the others are linked or whether they occurred independently", Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said.

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

Measles was considered eradicated in the U.S.in 2000, as a result of immunization, but over the last few years more and more cases have been reported in Texas and other states. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

Mr. Van Deusen added in an email, 'Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune could become infected'.

A state of emergency was announced recently in the western USA state of Washington after a measles outburst that has impacted over two dozen people and the majority of them are children. All five of the Texas cases were confirmed on Monday, while the Pacific Northwest outbreak has 50 confirmed measles cases.

Both vaccines are typically given in two doses to young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.




Three cases were reported in Harris County and one case was reported in Bell, Galveston and Montgomery counties.

"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.

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.

"However, in these situations, it is hard to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness", the department states, so they are treating those cases as confirmed and releasing exposure times and places for them.

So far so good say health officials in Yakima.

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