Measles cases rise; residents advised to take precautions

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

On March 21, Tarrant County had its first confirmed measles case in four years, Tarrant County Public Health reported.

The County previously had 12 recorded cases of measles in 2018-19, the department said on Wednesday, April 3. The individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years.

Health officials have confirmed a case of measles in northern in, and they've released a list of Michiana locations where others may have been exposed.

The resurgence of the virus has jolted public health officials because it had been considered wiped out in the United States nearly two decades ago. Additional sites of potential exposures will be identified and listed as more information is learned.

Two doses of measles vaccine are 99 per cent effective at preventing measles.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to not visit their doctor or emergency room UNLESS they have called ahead so precautions can be taken to prevent exposure to other individuals. Although most people will have been immunized against measles as a child, given the recent measles activity in several states and around the world, it's important for everyone to be fully vaccinated.

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A person in St. Mary's County was thought to have measles last month, but a lab report found it was not the infection.

"The MMR vaccine is available free of charge as part of the routine immunisation schedule".

There are now 15 measles cases so far this year in Texas, and the total number nationwide already tops all of last year.

Adults who didn't receive two vaccine doses in childhood should also get at least one dose, she said. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000.

It also warned people to keep looking for signs until April 22 because it can take up to 18 days for these symptoms to become obvious.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. After a few days, a rash begins, typically starting on the face and spreading across the body. The virus, which is spread by air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes, can remain in the air for up to two hours after the infected individual leaves.

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