Denton County Measles Case Is Texas' Seventh

One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven cases, according to health officials. Denton County Public Health confirmed the case Wednesday and is working to identify and contact other people who may have been exposed. The case has not been linked to any other cases at this time, the health department said. The department did not release any information about the person who contracted measles, citing patient confidentiality. The case is the seventh in Texas in recent days. Three cases were confirmed in Harris County and one each in Galveston, Montgomery and Bell counties. Four of the cases involve children younger than two. "Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles," Denton County public health director Dr. Matt Richardson said in a written statement. "Unfortunately, people think that measles is just a rash and fever but measles can cause serious health concerns, especially in young children, and is highly contagious. Vaccination is incredibly effective at protecting those we love from this infection."The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine — one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 — to be fully protected against measles.  Continue reading...

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