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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Even More Measles Cases in Texas

By April 5, 2011

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Many people were surprised by the report of a measles case in Houston, as it was the first case of measles in the city in over six years.

We now have a report of two more cases of measles in Texas, this time in the Fort Worth area. As in the Houston case, these new cases were thought to have started with a trip to Orlando, Florida in early March. This person then exposed another adult in her home, who also got measles.

The only issue with these cases is that there are no known public cases of measles in Orlando, Florida at this time, although it surely makes you wonder if they were exposed to a common source. With so many international travelers to the Orlando area, it wouldn't be surprising though.

It is a good reminder to make sure all of your children's vaccines are up-to-date before traveling though, especially when we are seeing record cases of measles.

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Comments
April 6, 2011 at 2:45 am
(1) ConcernedCitizen says:

Is it possible that the concerns of residents that Haitians will bring these types of diseases with them has now come to fruition?

Perhaps this is from Mexico, although I think the number of measles cases in Mexico are lower than those in Haiti.

Does anyone know for sure what are the statistics?

April 6, 2011 at 9:47 am
(2) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

“Perhaps this is from Mexico, although I think the number of measles cases in Mexico are lower than those in Haiti.

Does anyone know for sure what are the statistics?”

I don’t know that rates of measles in Mexico or Haiti, but none of the recent cases of measles in the United States have been traced to either country.

If you read about the current measles outbreaks this year, you can see that they are related more to travel in Europe, Africa, India, Philippines, and Thailand.

These measles outbreaks have been in people that are simply traveling (either for business, pleasure, or personal reasons) to and from these areas with higher rates of infections and not from illegal immigrants.

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