First measles case in 20 years reported in Travis County

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December 23, 2019 - 6:52 am
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Local health officials say they're dealing with the first reported measles diagnosis in Travis County in 20 years.

Measles is a virus that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those who are not vaccinated are at high risk when around someone who has measles. Symptoms include cough, rash, fever and sore eyes. If you have received two Measles Mumps Rubella vaccinations, you are protected. If you received one or no MMR vaccinations you are at an increased risk of infection.

Out of an abundance of caution, officials are trying to inform anyone who may have been in these locations on these dates and times:

  • December 14 (evening) – Chipotle Mexican Grill, 6301 W Parmer Lane
  • December 14-16 – HEB, 6001 W Parmer Lane
  • December 15 – Saam Thai, 6301 W Parmer Lane
  • December 15-16 – Mandola’s Italian, 4700 W Guadalupe Street
  • December 16 (2-4pm) – Target, 10107 Research Blvd; Marco’s Pizza, 11011 Research Blvd
  • December 17 (12-4pm) – ABIA, United Airlines Gate 29 area

If you were at any of these locations and you experience the symptoms before January 1, officials say you should contact a physician immediately. Officials say it is also very important to call first - special care may be needed to prevent spreading the virus.

"Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease. A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics," said Dr. Mark Escott, interim health authority and medical director for Austin Public Health. "The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization."

The City of Austin has a website with more information here.

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