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Katy warns residents of recent measles spread

February 6, 2019

Katy city officials are warning the public to listen to the local health authority regarding the recent spread of measles in the greater Houston area.

Greg Goedecker, the city’s new emergency management coordinator, said he wants Katy residents to practice “situational awareness” and follow the guidelines laid out by the Harris County Public Health agency, which confirmed in a news release Monday that three people who live in northwest Harris County had measles.

Goedecker reposted a news release to the Katy’s Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook Page this week. The release by the Harris County Public Health recommends that people should get vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease.

“My belief is that of situational awareness and that we should be able to share that information with our citizens,” Goedecker said. “It’s been in the news lately, I figured some people had some questions about (measles). I thought it was good information to share.”

As far as city officials know, there have not been any confirmed cases of measles in the city, but some citizens have asked for more information on the topic, Goedecker said.

Fives cases of measles have been confirmed in the greater Houston area, including three in Harris County, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. They involve four children under the 2 years of age, and a woman between the ages of 25 and 35, according to the Houston Chronicle. All are reportedly doing well.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease, and is airborne, which means its spreads to others by coughing or sneezing, according the Harris County Public Health’s news release. If one person has it, nine out 10 people around that person will also become infected if they’re not vaccinated, the release said.

Goedecker said the city not was under any sort of emergency preparedness preparation due to the five recent cases in the area but was just informing people about the situation.

“If we had any preventative type of measures, we would follow the Harris County Public Health and just mirror them,” he said. “They are the experts on that.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses of the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to fully protected.

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

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