What's behind increase of measles? Health official weighs in

What's behind increase of measles? Health official weighs in

The agency says global travelers returning from Israel and Ukraine-where large outbreaks recently occurred-appear to be spreading the measles in the United States.

"Our vaccination rates are not so low that I think we are going to be like Italy or Romania that had thousands of cases a year ago but we could have a few hundred cases", Ludke said. All reside on the county's northwest side.

The CDC said that at least eight other states have reported cases of the measles in 2019: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.

The health department said they are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading with five measles cases reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston country earlier this week.

Galveston County Health District additionally confirmed a case involving a boy whose age ranges from 12 to 24 months outdated.




According to newly released data from the year, 82,596 people were infected and 72 people (children and adults) died from measles last year.

A state of emergency was announced recently in the western US state of Washington after a measles outburst that has impacted over two dozen people and the majority of them are children. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is one of a handful of states with confirmed cases of measles already reported in 2019. Children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had one dose of vaccine are more likely to get infected. Your best protection is the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.

"If you feel like you're experiencing symptoms and signs of a measles infection, contact your health provider", Marlow said.

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