Measles cases reported in several Houston-area communities

Owen Humphreys  AP

Owen Humphreys AP

The Bell County Public Health District said they can confirm a possible measles case in a child in Western Bell County on Monday.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas.

This adds to the national measles outbreak seen across the county. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

In 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) blamed the anti-vaccination movement for a surge in European measles cases. In a report released this time a year ago World Health Organization officials wrote, "Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others".

Measles is an airborne disease which is highly contagious but it is preventable.

If you have signs or symptoms of measles please contact your healthcare provider. While most cases last about two weeks, some patients can develop risky infections in the lungs or even brain swelling from the virus.

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