Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

Measles cases reported in several Houston-area communities

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Francis Osborne | 08 February, 2019, 10:25

"We have one positive case in Galveston County, and we are aware of a small cluster of cases in the region", said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority.

The three Harris County patients are two boys younger than 2 and a woman who is between 25 and 35 years old.

Ninety-two percent of the cases were reported by 10 countries: Ukraine (53,218), Serbia (5,076), Israel (2,919), France (2,913), Italy (2,517), Russian Federation (2,256), Georgia (2,203), Greece (2,193), Albania (1,466), Romania (1,987).

The health department said there are two other potential cases of measles that are pending as they wait for test results. A New York Department of Health official confirmed to ABC News last week that there were 30 confirmed cases to date in New York so far this year, and 122 confirmed cases in 2018.

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Three Multnomah County residents are confirmed to have been diagnosed with measles. About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune. "If you haven't gotten immunized, get an immunization to protect you and those around you".

Five new measles cases have been confirmed in the Houston area and the diagnoses have launched investigations into the origins of each illness. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over 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. DCPH encourages individuals with signs and symptoms of measles to contact their health care provider prior to visiting.

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