Texas' 6 confirmed measles cases include 4 children who were being vaccinated

The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019

The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019

Even though Arizona does not now have a reported case of measles, the state has one of the highest rates of exemptions for at least one vaccine that's required for childcare, kindergarten or sixth grade.

Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was previous year.

Three confirmed measles cases in Harris County, one in Galveston County and another in Montgomery County have public health officials urging parents to have their children vaccinated.

A person can carry measles for up to two weeks before symptoms show. Four of the cases involve children under the age of 2, while the fifth involves a woman in her 30s, news station KHOU reported. That includes attending church by video feed and working with employers.

At least three of the children affected by the highly contagious disease had received their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to KHOU. The virus spreads through the air and can linger for up to two hours in an isolated space.

File Image: Measles vaccine prevents the disease.

Infectious people were at Costco, the airport, a Blazers game and other sites. One person had one dose of the vaccine, which is 93 percent effective. Health officials say the case is part of the cluster in the region. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.

"We know there's a link between two of the Houston-area cases, and public health is investigating to determine whether the others are linked or whether they occurred independently", Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said.

Health officials are encouraging everyone to protect themselves from the virus by being vaccinated.

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