Measles case confirmed in Denton County

Maricruz Casares
Febrero 7, 2019

In response to a cluster of five cases of measles in northwest Harris, Galveston and Montgomery counties, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is trying to raise awareness of the risk and the need for up-to-date vaccinations. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

While the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years.

All three cases are children who were not vaccinated or did not complete their vaccine series. If someone is immunized within 72 hours, they can often fight off illness. That includes attending church by video feed and working with employers.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 - to be fully protected against measles. Anyone born since 1978 who is unsure if they have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, such as MMR, should speak with their GP.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick of the Clark County Public Health Department.

That's a huge rise in a county where vaccination rates lag - only 76.5 percent of kindergartners had all the required immunizations for the 2017-18 school year.

To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office. As the threat of measles has become all too real in Clark County, residents are lining up for vaccines, according to data first reported by Kaiser Health News.

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