Three measles cases confirmed in Houston area

Owen Humphreys  AP

Owen Humphreys AP

Three people in the Houston area have contracted measles, Harris County Public Health officials said Monday.

At least 5 measles cases have been reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston Counties. A possible sixth case in Texas is awaiting lab confirmation.

In 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) blamed the anti-vaccination movement for a surge in European measles cases.

This adds to the national measles outbreak seen across the county.

HCPH said in a press release, "Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin".

The Houston area had several confirmed measles cases past year. 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. While most cases last about two weeks, some patients can develop unsafe infections in the lungs or even brain swelling from the virus.

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