Health Alert - Measles reported in Southeast Texas

Health Alert - Measles reported in Southeast Texas
Posted on 02/08/2019
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According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there have been five confirmed cases of the Measles in the Southeast Texas area. Although there have not been any reported cases for our area, as a proactive measure we want to ensure our parents and community are informed.

Measles (rubeola) is a highly contagious disease transmitted by direct contact with infected droplets or by airborne spread. State law requires children to to be immunized with 2 MMR vaccines before kindergarten entry unless an exemption for the vaccine is filed with the Department of State Health Services.

Symptoms of measles usually begins with high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes and then a rash appears. If you suspect measles, call the medical facility before arriving to be seen by a physician. Individuals diagnosed with measles cannot return to school until 4 days after rash onset or until measles has been ruled out.

Students or staff members who present with symptoms consistent of measles will be dismissed from school and referred to a physician. Additionally, individuals who are not immune to measles will also be dismissed and referred to a physician. Any suspected cases of Measles will be reported to the Brazoria County Health Department as is required by state law.   

For additional information you can go to the links below or contact the Brazoria County Health Department 979-864-2168 or 800-511-1632 www.brazoriacountytx.gov

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