HOUSTON -- Health officials announced a measles outbreak in the Houston area on Friday.
Health officials say a 1-year-old boy with measles has infected several people in Harris County.
It is believed the boy caught the virus during a trip out of the country. When he returned and was sick, he was taken to several doctors offices before finally being diagnosed a couple of weeks ago.
Officials say several people, including staff and other patients are showing symptoms.
The symptoms of concern are:
- Fever over 101
- Generalized maculopapular rash, usually beginning on the face and spreading to the trunk
If a patient presents with these symptoms, take the following steps:
- Isolate the patient. In a hospital setting, negative air pressure rooms are recommended.
- All visitors and staff working with the patient should use airborne precautions.
- Obtain diagnostic specimens.
- Report the patient to the health department.
There’s no cure or treatment for measles and it’s highly contagious.
Health experts say the virus usually runs its course in about a week.
It can be fatal, but only in very rare cases.
Further information about measles can be found here.