Measles Six Cases and Counting

Measles Six Cases and Counting

by Dr. Rebecca Butler

“ six confirmed cases among unvaccinated people” state health officials have said.

I would like to take this opportunity as a healthcare provider in a dramatically changing industry to impress upon our community that the consequences that where once imminent as vaccine rates began to decline, are now very real and way too close to home.

The Texas Medical Association published an article at the end of January with good information for physicians and patients regarding the current measles outbreak in Ellis County. In the article, Keller pediatrician Jason Terk, MD, a member of the TMA Council on Legislation and past president of the Texas Pediatric Society, says; “the outbreak should serve as a public reminder of the importance of routine immunizations. Diseases like measles are kept at bay when a critical mass of people are vaccinated against it. Outbreaks occur when that critical mass is eroded. We are seeing the result of that erosion right now in Ellis County.”’

If you are unsure if your child has received their vaccinations or you know that they are not vaccinated please be very cautious and be aware of these signs and symptoms. Call your pediatrician for questions or concerns and immunize yourself and your children as soon as possible if it is recommended.

More information can be found on DSHS’ website.

There are also plenty of resources to help prevent measles and other infectious disease outbreaks and educate patients on immunizations at TMA’s Be Wise – Immunize webpage.

Stages of infection
1. Incubation: The incubation is 6 to 21 days (median 13 days).
2. Prodrome: A two- to four-day prodrome phase is characterized by fever, malaise, and anorexia, followed by conjunctivitis (red eyes), coryza (runny nose), and cough.
3. Exanthem (rash): The rash usually begins on the face as flat, red spots and then spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body. The rash resolves in five to six days, fading in the order it appeared.
4. Recovery: Cough may persist for one two weeks after measles. The occurrence of fever beyond the third to fourth day of rash suggests a measles-associated complication.

Dr. Rebecca Butler is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Lantana Pediatrics, Dr. Butler and/or Melanie Bitzer, CPNP or to schedule an appointment with one of these providers, call the office at 940.455.7200.


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