No reported measles cases in county

Source: Collin County Government

In the wake of two confirmed case of measles in Tarrant County, health officials here say that Collin County records show no reported cases since at least 2004. County records dating back further are shipped to the state for storage, and are unavailable at this time.

State health authorities say the two cases of measles are currently being investigated, but have not confirmed the source of the exposure at this time. One confirmed case is believed to have been exposed during a trip to Orlando, Fla., early last month.

Transmission of measles occurs directly from person to person by inhalation, with an incubation period of about 7-21 days. A person with measles is considered to be contagious for four or five days prior to onset of symptoms through the fourth day after the measles’ hallmark red-specked rash appears.

State authorities say two doses of MMR vaccine are currently recommended for all children, with the first MMR vaccine dose administered at 12-15 months and the second at 4-6 years. All school-aged children, college students, international travelers, and health care personnel should also receive two doses of MMR vaccine, unless they have other evidence of measles immunity; that is, documentation of physician-diagnosed measles or laboratory evidence of immunity.

Unvaccinated adults born in 1957 or later should receive at least one dose of vaccine.

Additional information regarding measles vaccine is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccineslypd-vac/measles/default.htm.

For information on signing up for the ImmTrac, a free online immunization records database for Texans, or immunizations for adults and children, contact the Collin County’s Healthcare Services department.

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