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Fourth Measles Case Confirmed in El Paso; Number of cases continues to increase

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed that a male toddler has tested positive for measles (rubeola). This is the fourth confirmed case of the virus in El Paso in less than two weeks.

“We need our community to focus on making sure that they are up-to-date with their measles or MMR vaccine,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “When we vaccinate ourselves and our children we are not only protecting ourselves and our family, but also reducing the chances of the disease spreading to others in our community.”

Health officials say this particular virus is very contagious. In fact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 90 percent of people who are not vaccinated, who are exposed to the virus will become infected.

Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing and the disease usually begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. These symptoms are followed by a rash that spreads from the head down to the hands and feet.

Measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was, for up to two hours.

Those who are concerned that they are showing signs and symptoms of a measles infection should visit their medical care provider, or those who would like more information may call 2-1-1 to receive further instructions.

It had been more than 25 years since El Paso saw its last case of measles before these four recent cases.

To learn more about measles and the MMR vaccine please visit www.EPHealth.com.

Third case of Measles confirmed in El Paso

On Monday afternoon, officials with the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed that a second male toddler has tested positive for measles (rubeola).

The announcement comes nearly a week after the first two cases in more than 25 years were reported by the DPH in El Paso.

“Because El Paso’s immunization rates are so high, we don’t expect to see a huge number of cases emerge,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “We know that the effectiveness of the vaccine, especially after the recommended two doses, is about 97 percent.”

Unfortunately the virus is also very contagious. Approximately 90 percent of people who are not vaccinated, who are exposed to the virus will become infected by this respiratory disease. It spreads through coughing and sneezing and the disease usually begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. These symptoms are followed by a rash that spreads from the head down to the hands and feet. Measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was, for up to two hours.

It is not believed this second toddler exposed the general public to the disease, however, those who are concerned that they are showing signs and symptoms should visit their medical care provider, or those who would like more information may call 2-1-1 to receive further instructions.

By the time a child enters school in El Paso, 95.4% of the student population have been fully immunized with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

To learn more about measles and the MMR vaccine please visit  the El Paso Health webpage.

Public Health Officials confirm two Measles cases in El Paso

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed that a woman in her late 40’s and a male toddler have tested positive for measles (rubeola).

“Measles is so contagious that someone who has the disease should expect that 90 percent of the people around them, who are not immune, could become infected,” said Bruce Parsons, Assistant Public Health Director.

“There is a 9 day window of time, four days before and four days after the onset of the rash where the disease can be spread. This is why we need residents who may have unknowingly come into contact with these individuals to be especially vigilant in identifying any symptoms they may have.”

This highly-contagious respiratory disease is caused by a virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing but it is preventable via vaccination. The disease usually begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes.

These symptoms are followed by a rash that spreads from the head down to the hands and feet. Measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was, for up to two hours.

Anyone who visited the following places on the dates noted below should review his/her immunization status to confirm that they are properly immunized against measles.

Date                           Location                                                     Time

Thu, 6/27/19                Neighborhood Walmart (10301 Alameda)         1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fri, 6/28/19                  Subway at Ft. Bliss (1333 Cassidy)                   5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sat, 6/29/19                 Bassett Place Mall-Target, Kohl’s, Jewelry Box   6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sun, 6/30/19                Ft. Bliss PX, Exchange, Food Court                  noon – 4:30 p.m.

Mon, 7/1/19                 Walmart at Americas (9441 Alameda)              4:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.

Anyone who:

1) visited any of the above locations on the dates and times referenced  AND

2) develops a fever and rash, should call their health care provider immediately for evaluation and testing, as advised by your provider.

Additionally, those who are concerned that they may have been exposed or who would like more information may call 2-1-1 to receive further instructions.

An investigation to determine if there is a link between the two cases is still being conducted.

Health department officials added, “It should be noted that in El Paso, by the time children enter school in El Paso, 95.4% of the student population have been fully immunized with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. Two doses of this vaccine are 97% effective against measles.”

The DPH is working with State and Fort Bliss officials to ensure a swift and complete response to stop/lessen additional spread of the disease.

The most recent case of measles in El Paso was confirmed back in 1993 with an outbreak recorded in 1990.

To learn more about measles and the MMR vaccine, visit the CDC website

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