Measles case confirmed in Taylor County

ABILENE, Texas - A measles case has been confirmed in Taylor County.

According to the city of Abilene, an infant was exposed to a confirmed case while traveling in another state presently experiencing a measles outbreak.

The Taylor County infant developed symptoms after returning to Texas, the city said in a news release.

Measles is a highly contagious illness.

Here's the city of Abilene news release in its entirety:

Measles Case Confirmed in Taylor County

ABILENE, Texas – A case of measles has been confirmed in an infant residing in Taylor County. The infant was exposed to a confirmed case of measles during recent travel to another state currently experiencing a measles outbreak, and developed symptoms upon return to Texas. The child is currently being treated for measles.

Measles (rubeola) is a highly contagious illness. Symptoms include a fever, sore eyes, a runny nose, white spots inside the mouth, a dry cough, diarrhea and/or vomiting and a red blotchy rash, developing about 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms.

In Texas, suspicion of measles is required to be reported immediately. Do not wait for laboratory confirmation to report measles suspects. Measles reports should be made to Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, 850 N. 6th St., Abilene, TX 79601, Epidemiology: 325-676-6355.

People suspected of having measles should stay home from work, school, daycare, and any public outings (e.g. church, grocery store) until four days after rash onset have passed. People that have been exposed to measles and are not immune and did not receive a vaccination should stay home from day 5-21 after exposure.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. The public is advised to keep current with MMR vaccinations.

For more information on measles and measles vaccinations contact the Taylor-County Public Health District at 325-692-5600.

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