Denton County Public Health Confirms One Measles Case

The people involved in these new cases stayed home while contagious, so there are no new public exposure sites where people might have come in contact with the disease.

Rita Espinoza, the chief epidemiologist at Metro Health, said health care providers, emergency rooms and school districts are among those that need to remain vigilant, even though Bexar County has not seen a case of measles since 2007. All individuals are children that were either unvaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series.

Espinoza said the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine, is 97 percent effective.

The Grayson County Health Department says there are no confirmed cases in Grayson County as of Wednesday.

The health department said they are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

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.

But it's a snapshot of the scare an outbreak can cause, said Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County health officer overseeing the response.

The CDC says there have been 79 cases of measles so far this year in the states that reported data, and it's only February. Three times as many people have gotten vaccinated in January - from 200 per day in 2018 to 600 per day in 2019.

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Clark County also listed 11 suspected cases of measles.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms. After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.