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Pre-K Student At La Porte Elementary School Has A Suspected Case Of Measles

School personnel are disinfecting all classrooms and common areas as a precaution. Harris, Montgomery and Galveston counties confirmed measles cases last week.

This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.
3-D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped measles virus particle..

A prekindergarten student at La Porte Elementary School has a suspected case of measles, the school has reported.

The school says it’s working closely with Harris County Public Health and will take “all steps necessary to ensure the well-being of our students.” School personnel are disinfecting all classrooms and common areas as a precautionary measure.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can be spread to others through coughing and sneezing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. Measles typically begins with high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Last week, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. Montgomery and Galveston County also confirmed one case each.

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