Another child tests positive for measles in Texas
Another child tested positive for measles in Texas, bringing the total tally to six.
Bell County Public Health officials said a child living in Western Bell County has measles. Health officials had four possible measles cases, but ruled out the other three cases. The child is not school aged and was too young to get a vaccination, but family members are up to date on vaccinations.
There are now six cases of measles confirmed in Texas, including four children under the age of 2. The cases, which were announced Monday, include three in the Houston area, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed.
Officials urge vaccinations for the contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines. The second is given between the ages of 4 and 6.