ABILENE, Texas -

Earlier this week, a case of the measles in an infant in Taylor County was confirmed, which might raise concerns for parents in the Big Country.

It's important to know that measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. Children receive the vaccine first at age 1, and then again between ages 4 and 6, before school begins.

“The ones [children] that haven’t been vaccinated are the ones at the most risk to get the measles because they have no protection at all," said Kay Durilla, nursing program director for the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District.

She also said the measles have the same reputation as the chicken pox. Once a person contracts measles, it is very difficult for he/she to be infected with the disease again.

The measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that causes a fine rash over the body. Symptoms begin between 7 and 14 days after a person is infected. It is transmitted through respiratory droplets such as coughing and sneezing.

Symptoms are:

  • blotchy rash
  • fever (can spike to 104°)
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • red, watery eyes
  • feeling run down or achy
  • tiny white spots with bluish-white centers inside the mouth. 

“We should have protection through the vaccines and through the measles disease from the past that should keep our community pretty safe,” said Durilla.

Durilla said if concerned about symptoms, contact your physician and that it is also required by Texas law to report cases.