Health officials in Texas confirming at least five cases of measles including four children under the age of two and an adult between 25 and one of the patients is in Galveston County, another in Montgomery County and three are in the Houston area.
Harris County Public Health Dana Beckham says: “they’re not connected.”
And a sixth case is awaiting lab confirmation.
The surge in Texas comes on the heels of an outbreak in the pacific northwest, which has more than 50 confirmed measles patients.
Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that is preventable with vaccination.
Health officials say they’re seeing a resurgence in cases, though as more and more parents opt out of vaccinating their children.
Beckham says, “Children especially those that are under the age of two or three that have not received that second booster of MMR are at risk. It’s been proven with that second dose you’re completely immunized at least 98 percent immunized against the virus.”
According to ‘The Houston Chronicle,’ health officials were told the four children with measles received their first measles vaccine. The second dose is administered when the child is between four and six.
If you’ve been exposed to measles or you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms runny nose, cough, high fever, red eyes, watery eyes, and then that rash that starts from the head and works its way down to the body. Call your doctor immediately.
Measles can be spread through coughing and sneezing – symptoms can take up to two weeks before showing.