According to the C-D-C, so far this year there’s been a reported 168 cases of measles in 15 different states. Texas is one of these states and the city of Laredo health department says they haven't received any reports of the measles in Laredo. Health department director, Hector Gonzalez credits the community doing their part in being protected.
"We don't see a lot of measles in the us and in Laredo because we vaccine and have good immunization levels.
International travel maybe to blame for the recent cases. Between the Middle East, Africa, and the Philippines there have been a reported 2,000 cases and worldwide 160,000.
"If your going to travel to areas where there’s measles we recommend you get vaccinated before you go. Vaccines remain one of the safest and weapons against serious diseases."
If not treated measles can lead to death especially in young children. Michelle Rodriguez has a two-year-old son and says anytime she hears of outbreaks like the measles she worries.
"As a parent I do worry. I am on top of his immunization making sure everything’s in order cause you never know.”