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Measles Alert Issued by State Health Department

Measles Alert Issued by State Health Department

 

  The Texas Department of State Health Services today issues a measles health alert, after several adult softball teams attended a tournament in Wichita Kansas over the Fourth of July weekend, and may have been exposed to their highly contagious disease, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  "We believe that they may have been exposed n Wichita Kansas at a softball event," The Department's Christine Mann told Newsradio 1200 WOAI.

 She says so far no cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year.  There were 27 reported in 2013.

  She says measles is so contagious, that 90% of the unvaccinated people who come into contact with a person with the measles will get the disease.  Mann says if you get it, you'll know it.

  "Sometimes the measles are respiratory, with coughing and sneezing, and accompanied by a high fever, in excess of 101 degrees," she said.  "And then after that, you'll get a rash."

  Mann says the incubation period for measles is about two weeks from exposure to onset, so any Texans who got the disease should have symptoms by this weekend.  He is asking individuals who may have been exposed or come down with symptoms to contact their doctor.

 

 

 

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