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Bell County officials confirm possible measles case

Bell County officials confirm possible measles case”

"It's a very serious disease that can be prevented by vaccination".

- One case of measles has been confirmed in Bell County. The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed.

To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office.

But it's a snapshot of the scare an outbreak can cause, said Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County health officer overseeing the response.

Outbreaks, or clusters, of measles cases are typically due to exposure in foreign countries that do not have the same robust vaccination programs as the United States, Espinoza said. Washington and NY, which has seen about 200 people infected with measles in recent months, are the only states with current outbreaks, the agency says.

"These outbreaks are associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the CDC says.

Five measles cases were announced earlier this week in the Houston area.

The Grayson County Health Department says there are no confirmed cases in Grayson County as of Wednesday. Health officials have long anxious about the potential for an outbreak in the region. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines.

Though health officials are glad to see the surge in life-saving immunizations, the motivation is less encouraging. Orders for measles vaccine climbed 30 percent in Washington overall, from 12,140 doses in January last year to 15,780 doses in January of this year. The infection is easily preventable by a vaccine.

According to Montgomery County officials, a 2-year-old girl is recovering from the disease.

Fever is followed by the onset of cough, runny nose, and/or eye inflammation.



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