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In conjunction with outbreaks of measles in 11 states, including Texas, a case of infectious virus has been diagnosed in San Antonio, University Health System officials confirmed late Tuesday.
A patient was diagnosed by a laboratory test of UHS sometime last week, said spokesman Elizabeth Allen with the text. The patient was treated as an outpatient clinic and had already been given when the results were confirmed, she said.
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"Thanks to our experienced and high-quality, high-quality physicians who conducted laboratory tests based on a thorough history, we were able to diagnose a case of measles as otherwise had gone undiagnosed, ”says Dr. Bryan Alsip, chief physician for UHS in a statement.
He noted the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District "encourages all health systems and clinical providers to do the same, given the scale of the epidemic and concern over further cases that may be in our society."
The patient's residence was not
The diagnosis marks the first case of the highly contagious virus identified in the San Antonio area this year, as the outbreak of the disease – which can be prevented by a vaccine – has spread in 11 states. Texas health professionals had confirmed eight cases of measles in parts of the state from February 14, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Four were in Harris County and one each in Galveston, Montgomery, Bell and Denton County.
Nationwide, 206 measles cases were diagnosed from January 1 to February 28, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most serious outbreak is in Washington, where 69 people have been injured since March 1. Other states with confirmed reports of measles include California, Oregon, New York and Illinois.
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