He added that it's too early to tell if the five new cases could be the beginning of a local outbreak.
The only details about the three infected individuals that have been released is that two are young boys under the age of 2 and the third is a woman between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 79 cases of measles had been reported in the United States by January 31, 2019. Clark County officials said that a majority of the patients affected, 41, were not vaccinated. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The town of Houston last reported a confirmed case of measles in Harris County in 2018.
The cases, which were announced Monday, include three in the Houston area, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County.
Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air.
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At the same time, World Health Organization says measles vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths from 2000 to 2017. Majority were children under 5. " Complications include pneumonia, brain swelling and possible brain damage, and death".
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What's more, the latest update noted all confirmed cases matched a strain of the virus circulating in Eastern Europe.
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.
Measles is often brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who become infected in other countries, says the CDC. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.
They are 12 months old through preschool-aged and have documentation of one MMR vaccine. Of note, 2017 was also a record year for vaccination coverage when 90% of coverage for the second dose of the measles vaccine was achieved for the first time ever, according to WHO.
The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization.