Three Cases of Measles in Northwest Harris County

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CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – The City of Katy Office of Emergency Management is warning residents to be aware that there are three cases of measles in Northwest Harris County. The warning came on the Katy OEM Facebook page after Harris Couty Public Health went public with news of three active Measles cases.  HCPH did not say exactly where the infected people live.

“The patients, whose identities will remain confidential, are two boys, under the age of 2, and a 25 to 35-year-old woman,” said a statement from HCPH.

“Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus, which spreads to others through coughing and sneezing,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah who is Executive Director for Harris County public health.“However, it is easily preventable. Parents and caregivers have the power to protect their children and themselves from this disease by getting vaccinated.”

The last confirmed report of a measles case in Harris County was by the City of Houston in 2018. This year, there are currently six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas. Symptoms of measles are high fever, runny nose, cough, red watery eyes, and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin.

Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they’re not yet vaccinated. About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. Measles is prevented through the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected.

The first dose should come at 12 through 15 months of age. The second dose should come at age 4 through 6 years of age.

The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization. HCPH encourages individuals to contact their health care provider if they show signs and symptoms of measles. For a list of recommended vaccines, please visit theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention or speak to your health care provider.

HCPH is the local public health agency for the Harris County, Texas jurisdiction. It provides a wide variety of public health activities and services aimed at improving the health and well-being of the Harris County community.

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