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Health Alert: Texas warns of measles outbreak

Updated: Monday, August 19 2013, 04:33 PM MDT

State officials urge everyone to get immunized

The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging everyone who hasn't been vaccinated to do so immediately.

By: Ruben Veloz

EL PASO, Texas— The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging everyone who hasn't been vaccinated to do so immediately.

The department has put out a health alert after 11 people were recently infected with measles.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes high fever and rash lasting between seven to 18 days.

It's spread in the air via coughing and sneezing.

The health department said 90 percent of people who aren't immune to the virus could get sick.

The rash begins in the face and then spreads to the rest of the body.

Some of the symptoms include:

-- fever higher than 101 degrees

-- cough

-- runny nose

-- sore eyes

People at high risk for complications of the disease are children, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems.

Children too young to be vaccinated are also at risk.

The department says getting vaccinated shortly after being exposed can still help lessen the symptoms for people infected with measles.

Most of the cases reported have been in north Texas near the Dallas area.

Last year there were no cases of the measles.

So far no one has died from complications of the virus.

For more information visit these websites:


http://home.elpasotexas.gov/health/immunizations.php


http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/

Health Alert: Texas warns of measles outbreak


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