13th Measles Case In Texas

Kelli Wiese
March 20, 2019 - 5:33 pm

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SAN ANTONIO (1080 KRLD) - The state's 13th measles case is reported in Bexar County.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District says this case is associated with the case of measles from Guadalupe County reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services on March 6. The last recorded case of measles in Bexar County was in 2007. Other counties with measles cases include: Collin, Denton, Harris, Galveston, Bell, Jefferson and Montgomery counties.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness. It's transmitted when the sick person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air. The illness usually starts a week or two after someone is exposed to the virus with symptoms like a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Days later, a rash breaks out as flat, red spots on the face and then spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body. 

A person is contagious about four days before the rash appears to four days after. People with measles should stay home from work or school during that period. The best way to prevent getting sick is to be immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine. 

Anyone with measles symptoms should contact their health care provider before going to the doctor’s office.