One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

At least 5 measles cases have been reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston Counties.

Unfortunately, children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had 1 dose of MMR vaccine are more likely to become infected, says the CDC.

According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 79 cases of measles had been reported in the United States by January 31, 2019. The Houston outbreak comes as new circumstances of measles are being confirmed in Washington state every day, and different instances have been established in Oregon, Georgia, and NY. The agency says global travelers returning from Israel and Ukraine-where large outbreaks recently occurred-appear to be spreading the measles in the United States. According to the CDC, the current outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) are concentrated in Washington State, New York State, and New York City.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air.

About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

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Measles is an airborne virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person and can be spread through coughing and sneezing. Past year was the highest number of cases since 2014, which had ten reported cases.

Orders for two types of measles vaccines in Clark County were up almost 500 percent in January compared to the same month previous year, jumping from 530 doses to 3,150, according to state health department figures.

Health officials said it takes two doses of the MMR vaccine to protect you against Measles, Mumps and Rubella - and it will give you peace of mind if you come down with similar symptoms.

According to the Bell County Health District, there were four possible cases under investigation.

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