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A toddler becomes the third El Pasoan to test positive for measles in a week



EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A toddler has become the third person to have tested positive for measles in El Paso this week, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

This announcement comes just days after the positive diagnosis of the virus in women and another infant, the first two cases in the city for over 25 years.

"With El Paso's vaccination rates very high, we do not think a lot of cases will come up," said Robert Resendes, director of public health. "We know that the effectiveness of the vaccine, especially after the two recommended doses, is about 97%."

According to a press release, the highly contagious virus has symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever, runny nose and rash.

Health officials said the second toddler would not have exposed the public to measles, but anyone with these conditions is encouraged to see a doctor.

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