Laredo Health Department wants to prevent the spread of measles

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - There have been a rising amount of measles and mumps cases around the nation as well as the state of Texas.

In an effort to prevent the spread of mumps and measles, the Laredo Health Department is advising residents to get vaccinated, especially young children.

According to the Health Department, from December 2018 to now, they have seen two mumps cases in the community. While we haven’t had any reported measles cases, Houston has seen several outbreaks.

Parotitis is one of the conditions that can be an early stages of the mumps.

The symptoms of parotitis are very similar to the flu, they include,
swelling of the salivary glands, fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches.

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, and then soon after it starts with a cough, runny nose and red eyes. Medical experts say you will also start to notice a rash and tiny red spots break out at the head and spread to the rest of the body.

Measles is very contagious and can be very serious for young children.
Doctors say anyone suspected of having mumps or meals should contact their doctor, stay home from school, work and avoid public places. All contacts should also be vaccinated.

If you have any questions on mumps and measles you can call the Immunization Division at 956-795-4947 or Epidemiology Division at (956)795-4951 or your local pediatrician.