Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has confirmed one measles case in Denton County, bringing to six the number of cases reported in Texas.
DCPH is identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed. At this time, this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.
“Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles,” stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health. “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.”
Health officials say six cases other of measles have been confirmed in the state, including four children under the age of 2.
The cases, which were announced Feb. 4, include three in the Houston area, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. A possible sixth case in Texas was later confirmed in Bell County. The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed.
Officials urge vaccinations for the contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines. The second is given between the ages of 4 and 6.