One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

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According to the CDC, the current outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) are concentrated in Washington State, New York State, and New York City.

The reports in Texas come from Harris, Galveston, Montgomery and Bell Counties. The outbreak includes 42 cases among those who were not immunized, six cases where immunization has not been verified and one case where the person had received a single dose of vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is one of a handful of states with confirmed cases of measles already reported in 2019.

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. 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. The first dose of the MMR is usually given to children at 12 months of age, with a second dose given at 4-5 years of age.

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Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

A measles outbreak has been declared in Donegal, with a link to a third level institution in Galway.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially risky viral illness that is transmitted through coughing and sneezing.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who are unvaccinated, travel to developing countries or have a vitamin A deficiency are more likely to catch the measles.

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A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

DCPH is now in the process of identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed to the virus and this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", Denton County public health director Dr. Matt Richardson said in a written statement.

The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for children because it protects against three potentially serious viral illnesses.

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