Children Among 5 Confirmed Cases Of Measles In Texas

The day 4 rash common in measles cases

"Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus, which spreads to others through coughing and sneezing", Umair Shah, the executive director of Harris County Public Health said in a statement confirming the new cases in Houston. "We know that two of the cases are linked".

Galveston County Health District also confirmed a case involving a boy whose age ranges from 12 to 24 months old, according to KTRK-TV in Houston. All three sufferers dwell in northwest Harris County.

The CDC says there have been 79 cases of measles so far this year in the states that reported data, and it's only February. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

"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 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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"Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 [percent] of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected", the release read.

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

"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. Other symptoms include a high fever over 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

The people involved in these new cases stayed home while contagious, so there are no new public exposure sites where people might have come in contact with the disease. Visit www.cdc.gov/measles for details about symptoms, treatment, and MMR vaccine safety.

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