One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

2019 Measles Outbreaks

Measles is highly contagious and early identification remains a critical public health measure to reduce the spread of the disease.

The measles is highly contagious with nine out of 10 people around the infected subject becoming infected if they are not vaccinated, health officials said.

"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.

One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas. The identities of the patients have not been released by DSHS, but the health department said the children were either too young to be vaccinated or had not completed the two-part vaccination series. Vaccination is incredibly effective at protecting those we love from this infection.

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Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.

DCPH is now in the process of identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed to the virus and this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. People who experience these mild vaccine-associated rashes can not transmit the vaccine virus to other people.

In 2018, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 diagnosed cases of measles in the U.S.

Measles is prevented through the combination measles, mumps, and rubella, or MMR, vaccine.

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