State Issues Measles Alert

State health officials have issued a statewide measles alert after more than a dozen outbreaks reported so far this year. There were zero recorded cases in 2012.

State health officials have issued a statewide measles alert after more than a dozen outbreaks have been reported so far this year. There were zero recorded cases in 2012.

"Well we're always concerned when measles is mentioned because measles is highly contagious," according to Beckie Brawley, the city of Lubbock's public health coordinator. "If one person is infected, then there's a 90 percent chance that the people in close contact with that person will also become infected"."

Although they're on alert, Brawley says the threat of an outbreak here in Lubbock is quite low.

"I think as a rule Lubbock does a great job, all of the secondary and higher education schools do a wonderful job of checking immunization records and making sure their incoming students are immunized."

Dr. Ron Cook of the Texas Tech Health Sciences center urges all parents to make sure their children are vaccinated for measles, especially before they start school.

"Get your kids vaccinated," urges Dr. Cook. "People do die from measles."

The symptoms of measles include high fever, a rash on the head, neck, and torso area, runny nose and a cough.

"If you have some of these symptoms, you need to call your healthcare provider," Dr. Cook says.

All children should be vaccinated twice, once at 12 months and again right before starting kindergarten. Also, all adults born before 1957 need to be immunized for measles.

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