Last week a case of the measles was confirmed in Denton County. While you might think it is just a rash and fever, it is a virus that needs to be taken very seriously. According to Denton County Public Health, measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat and is very contagious. Around 90% of people who are near a contagious person and are not immune become infected.
The centers for disease control and prevention says that when serious health complications arise, measles can result in pneumonia and encephalitis, the swelling of the brain. Young children are especially susceptible to such complications and Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health, stated that vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent measles.
Not only has a case of measles come up but a student in Lake Dallas high school has been diagnosed with whooping cough. Symptoms include mild coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and a low fever. However, after seven or ten days it develops from coughing spells into a whooping sound when trying to catch your breath.
Like the measles, whooping cough is especially dangerous to infants and young children. There are antibiotics that can help suppress the symptoms and vaccines that can prevent the illness and the Denton County Health Department sent a later to parents asking them to make sure that their children’s immunizations are up to date.