By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in El Paso, TX, The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed a fifth case of measles in a woman in her early 30’s.

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“These recent cases of the measles make it all the more important for children to be vaccinated before they return to class,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “We have been lucky in that this situation began before school started, but what we don’t want is for parents to find out at registration that their child won’t be able to start classes with the rest of their peers because they are missing vaccines.”

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Health officials are advising local superintendents to be especially vigilant about reviewing vaccine records for students across the area. The state of Texas allows schools to “provisionally” enroll students who have received at least one dose of the measles vaccine. For the remainder of 2019, public health officials are recommending that provisional enrollment for partially vaccinated students be suspended and that the schools require all students to have completed the two dose series for measles upon school entry.

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The Department of Public Health Immunization Clinics will begin operating Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will remain open during the lunch hour at all three locations for more convenience to the public.