Denton County Public Health Confirms One Measles Case

Gillian Flaccus  APA sign is posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019

Gillian Flaccus APA sign is posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019

This outbreak is leading to plenty of false alarms in Eugene, and health care providers said people are rushing to the doctor out of fear and lack of information.

"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", Denton County public health director Dr. Matt Richardson said in a written statement.

DCPH will continue to monitor and investigate any measles concerns within Denton County.

Three new cases of measles were confirmed by health officials in Houston on Monday, making it the latest city to have the once-eliminated disease appear in recent weeks. State officials say Washington is experiencing an outbreak of measles in Clark County (41 current confirmed cases), with spread to King County and Multnomah County in Oregon. 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 recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

The new measles cases in Houston bring the total number of cases in Texas to six so far in 2019.

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Research has confirmed that vaccines don't cause autism, a common reason cited by parents who reject vaccinations.

Officials say those people were in close contact with the only other person confirmed to have the measles in Multnomah County.

Symptoms include a high fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, red eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

This is the first reported measles case of 2019 in the North Texas area and the seventh reported case statewide according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases. The measles vaccination, MMR, protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

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