EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A woman in her 40s and a toddler tested positive for measles and health officials in El Paso warned residents who may have been in contact with them.
The Department of Public Health of the city of El Paso asks anyone who visited the following places on the date indicated to review their immunization status.
- Thursday, June 27: Walmart district (10301 Alameda) from 13h. 17 hours
- Friday, June 28: Metro at Fort. Bliss (1333 Cassidy) from 5 pm to 7 pm
- Saturday, June 29: Bassett Place Mall Target, Kohl's, Jewelry Box from 18h. at 9 pm
- Sunday, June 30: Ft. Bliss PX, Exchange, Food Court from noon to 4:30 pm
- Monday, July 1st: Walmart at Americas (9441 Alameda) from 4am to 6am
If you are in these areas and develop fever and rashes, call your doctor immediately, health officials said in a press release.
"Measles is so contagious that a person with the disease should expect that 90% of those around him, who are not immunized, will be infected," said Bruce Parsons, deputy director of public health. "There is a window of time nine days, four days before and four days after the beginning of the rash, where the disease can spread. This is why we need residents who have been able to unconsciously get in touch with these people to be especially vigilant when identifying any symptoms they may have.
An investigation is underway to determine if there is a link between the two patients, the statement said.
"It should be noted that in El Paso, by the time children enter school, 95.4% of the student population has been fully immunized with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Two doses of this vaccine are 97% effective against measles. "
The last confirmation of measles in El Paso dates back to 1993 and the last outbreak occurred in 1990.
For more information on measles and vaccine, you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/index.html.