SA Metro Health urges up-to-date measles vaccinations

Denton County Public Health has confirmed one measles case in Denton County.

Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was a year ago.

Galveston County Health District also confirmed a case involving a boy whose age ranges from 12 to 24 months old, according to KTRK-TV in Houston.

Five of the cases involved young children, some of whom received one round of the two-part vaccine. If someone is immunized within 72 hours, they can often fight off illness.

"To investigate to identify maybe where they went right away so that we can start notifying the public, you know, that these places you may have been exposed to measles", Christ said.

Officials said the recently diagnosed residents stayed home and limited contact with other people.

File Image: Measles vaccine prevents the disease.

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body.

The vast majority of Vancouver-area cases were not vaccinated against the virus. The CDC notes that two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective, while one dose is 93 percent effective.

Multnomah County officials have reported a steep uptick in vaccinations over this time past year. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

Dr. Christ says with little exception for individuals who can't get vaccinated, vaccinations are key to preventing and outbreak of infectious diseases like measles.

As they bring awareness locally to the community, Espinoza said, her public health counterparts in southeast Texas are trying to pinpoint the reason behind the cases there.

Health officials are encouraging everyone to protect themselves from the virus by being vaccinated.