Dallas: Texas Measles Outbreak
As recently as January 15th I told you about measles appearing in the country in the Newark and Chicago airports (that story here) and at that time I wondered aloud to myself as to whether we may see measles elsewhere in the US.
Now the Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a Measles Outbreak Health advisory based on six cases in Ellis County, Texas. Ellis County is due south of Dallas and is composed of two historic Texas towns: Waxahachie and Ennis. So basically a state is issuing a measles outbreak for a suburb of its largest town.
Before we can get a breath of non-flu inspired air, now we've got to watch out for the highly contagious airborne spreading measles.
It usually starts at the airports, as noted above in the January 15th story, and then it spreads. Texas officials believe someone who was contagious went to the movies around January 9th at the Show Biz Cinema in Waxahachie.
Who knows that person could have simply sneezed at the candy bar, measles is highly contagious.
Measles Symptoms: Fever typically >101, generalized maculopapular rash (flat red areas on the skin that are covered with small confluent bumps), cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis or Koplik spots which can be seen in the mouth opposite the molars as bluish-white specks on a red-rose background.
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