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Measles outbreak spreads to Texas

On Tuesday, there were no new cases or exposure locations confirmed.

"These individuals did everything right", said Jennifer Vines, M.D., deputy health officer with Multnomah County. Anyone born since 1978 who is unsure if they have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, such as MMR, should speak with their GP.

"During an outbreak is when you see an influx of patients who would otherwise be vaccine-hesitant", said Virginia Ramos, infection-control nurse with Sea Mar Community Health Center, which runs six sites that offer vaccines in Clark County.

The best way to prevent measles infection is with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

The CDC says there have been 79 cases of measles so far this year in the states that reported data, and it's only February. There were 200 vaccinations given per day last year in that last week of January, and 600 per day this year. The CDC says measles are more likely to spread in areas with "pockets of unvaccinated people".

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Earlier Monday, Harris County Public Health said two boys under the age of two and a 25 to 35-year-old woman were diagnosed with the measles.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at wa.MyIR.net or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Washington County, Ore., Public Health, 503-846-3594.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. The length of time children or staff are required to stay out of school is 21 days after the last reported case.

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected.



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