Outbreak avoided: No new Austin measles cases reported by end of incubation period

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It appears that Travis County is in the clear when it comes to a measles outbreak.

Jen Samp of Austin Public Health confirmed to KXAN there have been no new measles cases reported in Travis County as of Jan. 6, the final incubation date public health officials were targeting.

Officials originally said Jan. 1 would be the final incubation day, but extended the watch out of an abundance of caution in case of delayed doctor visits.

Epidemiologists will continue to monitor for new cases.

“Given how contagious this virus is, we are very thankful that we have not seen a measles outbreak in Travis County,” said Dr. Mark Escott, interim health authority and medical director for Austin Public Health.

APH says many factors may be attributed to the lack of measles spread from this specific case.

“The most important factor is the high immunization rate resulting in adequate herd immunity, which made it less likely that the measles virus would circulate,” APH said in a release.

The first reported cases of measles in Travis County since 1999 was reported Dec. 22, and officials sent out a list of places where the person infected with measles traveled since Dec. 14. It included several restaurants, Target, H-E-B, and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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