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Texas Children’s Hospital Confirms Measles Case

The Houston Health Department says this is the first case it has investigated since 2013

A patient at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus has tested positive for measles, the hospital confirmed. 

The Houston Health Department is investigating and says the patient is a boy between ages one and three, but still considers the case “suspected” until it confirms test results, a spokesperson told News 88.7. Texas Children’s says it has notified other children at the hospital who may have come in contact.

“This is a highly-contagious, vaccine-preventable infection,” a spokesperson for Texas Children’s wrote in a statement. “We know vaccination is the best protection against measles.”

The Houston Health Department says this is the first case it has investigated since 2013.

Statewide data shows a drop in confirmed Texas measles cases since 27 instances were reported in 2013. In 2014, Texas saw 10 cases. In 2015 and 2016, just one case was reported each year. No data is available for 2017 or 2018.

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Davis Land is a senior producer at Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a graduate...

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