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More measles cases confirmed


ELLIS COUNTY — State health officials are now uncovering more measles cases among unvaccinated people in Ellis County. An outbreak of measles was confirmed earlier this week and now includes six reported cases for 2018, but health officials are worried that number could grow. In 2017, one case of measles was reported in the whole state of Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services is advising health care providers in the area to take precautions and consider measles as a possible diagnosis in patients with a fever and rash in addition to a cough, runny nose or conjunctivitis. The highly contagious nature of measles means it’s possible more cases will occur in the community. People involved in the outbreak have connections to Waxahachie and Midlothian. DSHS first notified the public on Friday of possible measles exposures after a contagious person attended the ShowBiz Cinemas theater in Waxahachie on Jan. 9. Five additional cases have been reported since; none of them are connected to the movie theater. People who went to the theater on that day should continue to monitor themselves for measles symptoms through Jan. 30.Read this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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