Oklahoma health officials are concerned after a statewide health alert was issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services following an outbreak of measles in Texas.
“We are worried about the current outbreak of measles in Texas, because measles is very contagious, spreads like wildfire and can be very serious,” said Lori Linstead, director of the Immunization Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The infected range in age from 4 months to 44 years old.
Currently, there are no reported cases of measles in Oklahoma.
The last reported case of measles in the state was in 1997.
Oklahoma health officials tell KRMG that measles is spread from person-to-person by airborne droplets, commonly from a contagious person coughing or sneezing; by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected persons; or through touching surfaces contaminated with these secretions.
Symptoms include a high fever and a red blotchy rash starting on the face then spreading to the rest of the body.
Symptoms begin to appear about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus.
There is no treatment for measles.
Health care providers may treat the symptoms of measles with bed rest, plenty of fluids and anti-fever medications.