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The Measles Has Returned to Texas

The Measles Has Returned to Texas

In the wake of a resurgence of the measles in Texas, health officials are warning parents to make sure their kids have their vaccinations.

So far this year there have been 11 cases of the measles in Texas with one in Harris County.  Dr. Melanie Mouzoon is an immunization practitioner with Kelsey-Seybold and says measles is extremely contagious, "If those few individuals come in contact with unimmunized individuals it's about 90% likely that those individuals will catch the measles."

Tarrant County in Texas appears to be the hardest hit.  This year there have been nine cases there, six within the last week.

Dr. Mouzoon says since the disease is so contagious kids are at a greater risk, "Children are crowded together and change classes and are in contact with lots and lots of individuals throughout the day."

The disease is a rarity here in the U.S. where vaccinations are high, but the country has seen a resurgence of these types of diseases due to the myth, that vaccinations cause autism.  Diseases like the measles and whooping cough are being seen more often because kids are not being vaccinated.

The problem is worse in Europe.  Last year in France, there were over 1,200 cases of the measles reported.  There were no cases in Texas over the same time period.

 

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