posted on Aug, 18 2013 @ 01:38 PM
If you live in Texas, this ought to be of special interest. Measles is no joke and can range from a very annoying period of discomfort and icky to
endure to fatal complications.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said Texas had 11 confirmed cases so far this year, based on figures as of Friday. Six in the last
week were in Tarrant County, the department said, but county Public Health officials in Fort Worth later updated that number to report a total of nine
Dallas and Denton counties each reported two measles cases, Harris County has one.
The reason this matters is clear by the second part of the next quote.
Tarrant County Public Health experts traced some of the area's measles cases to an adult who had traveled outside the U.S., the agency said.
Further details about the person and where he or she traveled were not immediately released.
"Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune or vaccinated will also
become infected with the measles virus," according to state health officials.
A bit more from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease of measles and the virus that causes it share the same name. The
disease is also called rubeola.
Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to
one out of 20 gets pneumonia. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.
Modern Mortality Info:
While measles is almost gone from the United States, it still kills nearly 200,000 people each year around the world. Measles can also make a
pregnant woman have a miscarriage or give birth prematurely. For more information, visit the Complications
...and that complications page
So, it's up to each person who may be in an area like Texas is notifying people of now. To vaccinate? Stay away from people who may be infected or
nothing at all? It's a personal matter each has to live with the result.
Whatever the choice each one makes though? Knowing the situation exists is the most critical part, IMO.
edit on 18-8-2013 by wrabbit2000
because: (no reason given)