Measles in Texas: 2019
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 07:37 PM

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting 10 measles cases in the state in 2019, one more than Texas saw in 2018. 

The 10th case is in an adult traveler from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air. 

The illness usually starts a week or two after someone is exposed to the virus with symptoms like a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. A few days later, the telltale rash breaks out as flat, red spots on the face and then spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body. A person is contagious about four days before the rash appears to four days after. People with measles should stay home from work or school during that period.

People can also limit the spread of measles and other illnesses by washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, disinfecting hard surfaces, and not sharing food, drinks or utensils with people who are sick. 

Anyone with measles symptoms who thinks they may have been exposed to the virus should contact their health care provider before going to the doctor’s office. That will let office staff take actions to keep vulnerable patients from being exposed.

DSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health. The alert also provides advice to providers about limiting the spread of measles in a health care setting and options for preventing illness for susceptible people who have been exposed.

Texas reported nine cases of measles in 2018 and one in 2017. Additional background on measles is available at