Confirmed: Traveler Passes Through DFW Airport with Measles

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There have been more than 800 confirmed cases of measles in the country this year.

Medical officer of health Dr Annette Nesdale said anyone who was at the party or those businesses could be at risk if they are not immune.

Outbreaks of measles has prompted Public Health England to plea for all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) when the vaccine is offered - or for them to take it up now if they did not have it at the scheduled time.

Please know Waushara County Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Center for Disease Control will continue to monitor the measles outbreak. After a second dose, the level of protection is around 99%.

In March, Tarrant County reported its first measles case since 2015. Almost all these cases have been linked back to global travel by unvaccinated people and subsequent spread in unvaccinated populations in the U.S. So, protection against measles is especially critical for those who plan to travel internationally and for those in communities that might have lower vaccination rates.

In an effort to stem the spread of measles, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio declared a state of emergency requiring everyone of all ages in the zip codes hit by the measles outbreaks there.

Of the others, 10 percent had at least one of the two recommended vaccine doses, while the status of the remaining 18 percent was unclear, the agency said. State health officials in CT said one case there was a resident who had visited NY.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to serious health complications - including infections of the lungs and brain - and is sometimes fatal.

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Though measles were considered eradicated in this country thanks to the measles vaccine, the disease is spreading in areas where people go unvaccinated.

"The overwhelming majority of Americans who get two doses of the measles vaccine are protected for life and do not need a booster", says says Dr. Travis Stork, an ER physician, host of The Doctors and a member of PEOPLE's Health Squad. About 3 out of 100 people who get both doses of vaccine will get measles if exposed to the virus.

In New Zealand, the MMR vaccine is routinely given to children at 15 months and four years old.

Mumps cases almost tripled to 795 compared to the 275 during the same period past year, with no new cases of rubella reported.

However, Dr Esper notes that tests of the MMR vaccine found that it is effective against the strain now sweeping the US.

Adults under 50 years who have not had even one MMR dose should also get their free vaccination from their GP.

The initial symptoms develop 14 to 21 days after a person is infected.

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