Bell and Montgomery County both have a measles case involving children.
Unfortunately, children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had 1 dose of MMR vaccine are more likely to become infected, says the CDC. The Houston outbreak comes as new circumstances of measles are being confirmed in Washington state every day, and different instances have been established in Oregon, Georgia, and NY.
The United States is now facing not one but three measles outbreaks, and once again the main culprit is people's refusal to get vaccinated.
The United States outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are in New York State, New York City and Washington State.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of measles vaccine, one given at between 12 months and 15 months of age and one between ages 4 and 6. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.
A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.
Until lab results are available, and in order to protect those who may have been exposed, Public Health is treating these suspect cases as we would treat confirmed cases and releasing information about public locations they visited while potentially contagious with measles.
The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the USA that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC. A year ago was the highest number of cases since 2014, which had ten reported cases. A New York Department of Health official confirmed to ABC News last week that there were 30 confirmed cases to date in New York so far this year, and 122 confirmed cases in 2018.