Collin and Denton counties contribute 2 of 11 confirmed cases of measles in Texas this year

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This year, Texas has seen the highest number of confirmed measles cases since 2013.

As of March 8, the Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed 11 cases of measles this year, according to a DSHS news statement. Two of these cases come from Denton and Collin counties, which have had one case each.

This compares to nine confirmed cases in 2018 and one in 2017.

Measles, a highly contagious respiratory illness, is easily spread through coughing and sneezing by an infected person.

Anyone exhibiting signs of measles should contact their health care provider immediately, the statement said. Symptoms include a red rash that starts as spots on the face and moves down the body, a fever over 101 degrees, a cough, runny nose and irritated eyes.

DSHS is also encouraging health care providers to consider measles more readily when diagnosing patients in an effort to catch the illness early, according to the statement. In addition, DSHS recommends immunization to prevent the virus from spreading.

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Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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