Measles outbreak: 50 confirmed cases

Check Those Immunization Records Say Health Experts

DCPH will continue to monitor and investigate any measles concerns within Denton County.

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

Clark County also reported three new exposure sites, all of which are medical facilities in Vancouver - the Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, the Sea Mar Medical Clinic Salmon Creek and the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Emergency Department. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The number of people infected with measles in the European region during 2018 is the highest in a decade, the World Health Organization said Thursday. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

Both the DSHS and the CDC recommend children get 1 dose of measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age, and then the 2nd dose at 4-6 years.

Officials say those people were in close contact with the only other person confirmed to have the measles in Multnomah County.

"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.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas.

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.

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes. The measles vaccination, MMR, protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Those who may have been exposed and believe they have measles symptoms are asked to contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting their offices to avoid more exposure.

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