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5 New Measles Cases Confirmed In South Texas

February 05, 2019 - 1:31 pm

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Five people have now been confirmed to have measles around the Houston area. 

Texas has had eight cases of measles so far this year, but five of those are concentrated in the Houston area.

State health officials say of those who have contracted the disease, two kids and one woman in her 30s live in Harris County, which contains Houston. Another child lives in Montgomery county to the north, and the fifth lives in Galveston county, south of Houston, along the gulf coast.

Health officials say three of the four kids have had their first measles, mumps and rubella shot, but they're too young for the second.

Harris county had another case of measles last year, but Galveston had not had a measles case since 2007, and this is the first case in Montgomery county since 1996.

The World Health Organization blames the anti-vaccine movement for the increase.

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 79 cases of measles across the country already this year.