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Measles Case Confirmed In Dallas County, Bringing Total Measles Cases To 15 In Texas

The individual had been exposed to another confirmed measles case from Tarrant County.

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

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported Thursday its first case of measles, bringing the total number of measles cases in Texas to 15. In 2018, there were nine confirmed cases in the state. 

The Dallas County resident had been exposed to another confirmed measles case from Tarrant County at their mutual workplace in March. It’s the first confirmed measles case in a Dallas County resident since 2017.

The individual had stayed at home during the period of potential contagiousness and officials say the case didn’t result in any additional public or workplace exposures.

Harris County has had the most measles cases in the state, with four reported by health officials.

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

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.

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