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Joe’s Commentary: Travis County Reports First Case of Rubella in 21 Years

posted on January 17 - 09:00 AM
By Joe -

For the first time since 1999, someone In Travis county has rubella. Our students are becoming less vaccinated. For schools this means there will be a rise in absentees which directly influences a district’s financial and academic status as well as the obvious health problems that the disease can cause.

I follow this on a daily basis as I read articles from across the state.  Read the following article “For The First Time Since 1999, Someone In Travis County Has Rubella” from KUT News Austin.

There is some good news - No additional cases have been discovered. KVUE in Austin reports the following:

AUSTIN, Texas — The year 1999 was the last time both measles and rubella were reported in Travis County. Now, in a span of less than just one month, both have been confirmed in the area again.

Health officials said an adult who lives in Travis County contracted rubella while traveling overseas. The person was traveling on a plane from Thailand back to the U.S. The person did not travel through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the airport has confirmed.

It is never too late to get vaccinated. - js-