The Oregon person who tested positive January 25 had been in contact with someone from southwest Washington in Clark County, who was contagious with measles.
In Harris County, two boys and a woman are being treated for measles.
Three people in the Houston area have contracted measles, Harris County Public Health officials said Monday. The identities of the patients have not been released by DSHS, but the health department said the children were either too young to be vaccinated or had not completed the two-part vaccination series.
The CDC states measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.
Research has confirmed that vaccines don't cause autism, a common reason cited by parents who reject vaccinations.
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- One case of measles has been confirmed in Bell County.
HCPH said in a press release, "Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin".
Health officials said it takes two doses of the MMR vaccine to protect you against Measles, Mumps and Rubella - and it will give you peace of mind if you come down with similar symptoms.
According to the World Health Organization a community needs a minimum of 90% of its members to be vaccinated to help prevent measles outbreaks.
The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the US that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC.