Measles cases confirmed in northwest Harris County

Owen Humphreys  AP

These global travelers then spread measles upon their return, which cause outbreaks in the USA. "We know that two of the cases are linked".

In Harris County, two boys and a woman are being treated for measles.

And, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and other news sources reported significant increases in measles cases during the week ending February 2, 2019. The town of Houston last reported a confirmed case of measles in Harris County in 2018.

The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, involves 49 confirmed cases of measles and nine suspected cases, according to local public health officials.

The United States outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are in New York State, New York City and Washington State. The identities of the patients have not been released by DSHS, but the health department said the children were either too young to be vaccinated or had not completed the two-part vaccination series.

The MMR vaccine is one of two immunizations recommended by the federal government to help prevent measles. For full protection, one dose is suggested at 12 to 15 months and another at 4 to 6 years old. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

They said there's no shortage of these vaccines in the community, and they encourage anyone who hasn't received it to get it done.

Measles is a viral infection that causes a rash over the entire body.

The cases, which were announced Monday, include three in the Houston area, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County.

"However, in these situations, it is hard to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness", the department states, so they are treating those cases as confirmed and releasing exposure times and places for them.

Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they have not yet vaccinated, officials said.

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