Measles outbreak in Harris County area

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 14 at 11:57 AM

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
  • Cough
  • Coryza
  • Conjunctivitis

If a patient presents with these symptoms, take the following steps:

  1. Isolate the patient. In a hospital setting, negative air pressure rooms are recommended.
  2. All visitors and staff working with the patient should use airborne precautions.
  3. Obtain diagnostic specimens.
  4. 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.

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