LA PORTE, Texas (KTRK) –
A suspected case of measles is under investigation at La Porte Elementary School, according to a letter sent to parents on Tuesday.
According to La Porte ISD, it is working with the Harris County Public Health Department to "take all necessary measures to ensure the welfare of our students" and "as a precaution, we are disinfecting all classrooms and common areas of the campus" .
District communications director Terri Cook said students are expected to attend school as usual on Wednesday, which is a scheduled early release day.
The student with the suspected case is in pre-kindergarten. No other information was published due to privacy laws.
"It is commonly spread by going to another country and coming in contact with unvaccinated people or people traveling here from countries where vaccination is not as frequent," said Davita Hall, a mother and nurse practitioner at AFC Urgent Care in La Porte. "We simply advise people to vaccinate their children against measles."
Earlier this month, health officials in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston counties reported at least one confirmed case of the disease.
According to Montgomery County officials, a 2-year-old girl is recovering from the disease. They also said that this case is related to one of the Harris County cases, but the details of the connection were not disclosed immediately.
The Galveston County Health District also confirmed a case involving a child whose age ranges between 12 and 24 months. The boy was examined on January 28 and officials said the case is part of a group in the region.
Earlier on Monday, the Harris County Public Health Department said two children under the age of two and a woman between the ages of 25 and 35 were diagnosed with measles. All three patients live in northwest Harris County.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted by direct contact or by air.
Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose and red and watery eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, says the US National Library of Medicine. UU
However, measles is preventable.
Health officials are encouraging everyone to protect themselves from the virus by getting vaccinated.
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