Two Related Cases of the Measles Confirmed in Taylor County

- The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health Department has confirmed two related cases of measles. 

One was reported last week, but now health officials are worried for people that may have been exposed to the illness at the Bonzai Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar in Abilene

The manager at Bonzai spoke to KTAB Reporter Kimberly Sears off camera, saying they were notified by the Health Department Tuesday, July 1st, of the possible exposure. 

The health department says people may have been exposed between June 23rd-28th. 

The manager also stated that the Health Department contacted all employees and they have either been vaccinated or show no measles-like symptoms.

The manager was not sure if the owners have disinfected the restaurant yet either.

Kay Durilla, a Manager for the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, says the measles, a highly contagious respiratory illness, spreads easily through coughing or sneezing. 

Some symptoms include rash, fever, cough, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, and the most noticeable: Koplik spots. Koplik spots are blueish-white spots on the inside of the cheek. 

Durilla says infants are most susceptible to the illness because they can not be vaccinated until one year. After that children are vaccinated again between the ages of four and six. 

She also says that once you've been vaccinated it is very rare to get the illness. 

Durilla's advice to parents, that have not vaccinated their children, is to keep them out of crowds because you never know. 

If people have any concern or questions they can contact the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District at 325-437-4660.

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