By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the measles situation in El Paso, TX, health officials today have reported the fourth confirmed case in less than two weeks.


The latest case in is a male toddler. It had been more than 25 years since El Paso saw its last case of measles before these four recent cases.

“We need our community to focus on making sure that they are up-to-date with their measles or MMR vaccine,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “When we vaccinate ourselves and our children we are not only protecting ourselves and our family, but also reducing the chances of the disease spreading to others in our community.”

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Measles is very contagious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 90 percent of people who are not vaccinated, who are exposed to the virus will become infected.

Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing and the disease usually begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. These symptoms are followed by a rash that spreads from the head down to the hands and feet. Measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was, for up to two hours.