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Another Measles Case Confirmed In Texas, Bringing Total To 12

The latest case has been reported in Collin County. There were nine confirmed measles cases in all of 2018.

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

A twelfth case of measles has been confirmed in Texas this week, the Collin County Health Department said on Tuesday. Collin County is in northeast Texas.

Dr. Jawaid Asghar, Collin County’s chief epidemiologist, told News 88.7 the case was confirmed on Monday. He said the patient is a Collin County resident older than 18, but didn’t provide an age range.

Asghar said the patient may have been vaccinated against measles, but hasn’t provided proof and the county is unable to confirm the vaccination.

As of March, Texas had already surpassed the total number of measles cases in all of 2018, when there were nine confirmed cases. In 2017, Texas only had one case of measles.

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

Here is a breakdown of the measles cases by county, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services:

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 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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