SAN ANTONIO – Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, Metro Health officials have confirmed the first measles case in Bexar County.
Health officials state this case is connected to the Match 6th case from Guadalupe County reported by the Texas Department of State Health.
Metro Health is urging immunizations to prevent getting this disease, simply washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and covering coughs and sneezes are not enough to prevent the spread of measles. The MMR vaccine is a required two-dose vaccination and prevents not only measles but also mumps and rubella. It is usually given to infant around 9 and 15 months of age, spaced 4 weeks apart between doses.
Measles is highly contagious and is transmitted through the air when the infected party coughs or sneezes. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air that the sick person coughed or sneezed in, even if that person is no longer in the room.
Symptoms of measles include a high fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and days later a rash with flat red spots that appear on the face, starting at the hairline and spreading downward on the body.
After the rash appears on the body the person is contagious for about four days, health officials advise those who are infected with the virus need to stay home from work or school during that time.
The last reported measles cases in Bexar County was in 2007.
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