New measles cases in Texas prompt push for vaccine
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging Texas residents to get the measles vaccine after six new cases of the illness were confirmed in the Fort Worth area. The new cases bring the total to 11 total cases so far in 2013.
The respiratory illness is spread through coughing and sneezing, and takes about two weeks after contact for a rash to appear. The rash usually begins on the face then spreads.
Other symptoms include a fever higher than 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and sore eyes.
According to the Texas Department of State Heal Services, if someone comes in contact with an infected person, there is a 90-percent chance they will become infected with the measles virus if they are not vaccinated.