SOUTHEAST TEXAS -- Tonight, The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging parents across the state to get their children vaccinated from the highly contagious respiratory illness Measles.
Residents in Bridge City and Orange County are now high alert after a social media post was shared warning people to be aware of a toddler who could potentially have the illness.
Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will become infected
Already in 2019 Texas has seen seven confirmed cases, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Alarming numbers compared to the eight cases confirmed in 2018 and one case in 2017.
One post read “ St. Elizabeth is bringing in a patient with measles, everyone stay clear of the hospitals”
Late Thursday. dozens went to social media reporting a possible case of measles from an infant at CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
The mother of a 9-month-old girl who had blood drawn to be tested for measles said in the post:
“We took Emma to St. Elizabeth hospital yesterday to get blood drawn and sent off to see if she has the measles Both of my daughters are completely up to date on their vaccinations. They can't get the measles shot until they're 12 months old. They will be 10 months old on the 21st.”
“My husband and I have done everything right to protect our daughters from these illnesses, but not everyone is on the same page with vaccinating their children”
Officials in Orange County are now awaiting results to determine if the child will test positive or not.
A CHRISTUS spokesman says they're not treating any case of measles at CHRISTUS in Beaumont and they don't have any case of measles at CHRISTUS. Any case that's confirmed has to go through the health department.