Measles in Texas has Oklahoma officials worried


OKLAHOMA CITY – Health officials in our state said they are concerned about an outbreak of measles in Texas.

“We are worried about the current outbreak of measles in Texas because measles is very contagious, spreads like wildfire and can be very serious,” Lori Linstead said, director of the Immunization Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Currently no cases have been confirmed in Oklahoma but doctors said it may not stay that way.

The last reported case of measles in the Sooner State was back in 1997.

Health officials said the illness usually spreads by an infected person coughing or sneezing on or near you.

Those infected can spread the disease four days before their rash appears.

Measles symptoms:

- High fever
– Red, blotchy rash
– Cough
– Runny nose
– Conjunctivitis

Symptoms usually begin to appear about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus and can last up to two weeks.

Doctors said there is no treatment for measles but they can treat the symptoms with bed rest, plenty of fluids and anti-fever medication.

MORE: Information on measles from the Okla. Health Dept.