State officials say Washington is experiencing an outbreak of measles in Clark County (41 current confirmed cases), with spread to King County and Multnomah County in Oregon.
"This is a reminder for people to be on guard and be up to date on their vaccinations", said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director for Harris County Public Health. "We're hopeful and any time we see that there are no new exposure locations that's helpful", said Marissa Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Clark County Public Health.
The Texas cases follow dozens in Washington state, where 49 confirmed cases turned up last month.
The city of Houston has not reported any measles cases in 2019.
Three were reported in Harris County and one was reported in Galveston County by the counties' health departments. Measles is an extremely contagious virus unfold utilizing direct contact or utilizing the air.
"The picture for 2018 makes it clear that the current pace of progress in raising immunization rates will be insufficient to stop measles circulation".
Mr. Van Deusen added in an email, 'Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune could become infected'.
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They said there's no shortage of these vaccines in the community, and they encourage anyone who hasn't received it to get it done. Babies are especially vulnerable because children do not receive the two-dose MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) until they are at least 1.
A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.
The number of cases reported is "the highest this decade" the World Health Organization said in a statement noting the numbers are "3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016".
Signs embrace an excessive fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, pink eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.
So far so good say health officials in Yakima.
Texas allowing parents the choice whether to vaccinate their children does have an impact, Beckham said.