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Texas Currently Has 10 Cases Of Measles, Surpassing 2018 Numbers

Harris County has the highest number of cases. The state has issued an alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting ten cases of measles as of Wednesday, surpassing the total number in all of 2018 when the state registered nine cases. In 2017, Texas only had one case of measles.

The 10th case is an adult traveler visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak. 

Harris County has the most cases in the state, with four reported by health officials. The other counties with confirmed cases are: Bell, Denton, Galveston, Guadalupe, Jefferson and Montgomery.

DSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health authorities.

The alert also provides advice to medical providers about limiting the spread of measles in a health care setting and options for preventing illness for susceptible people who have been exposed.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air.

The best way to prevent getting sick is to be immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine. DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive one dose at 12 to 15 months of age and another at 4 to 6 years.

A large study by the Annals of Internal Medicine released on Monday provided strong new evidence that the childhood vaccine for measles is safe, and does not increase the risk for autism in children. 

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