Unvaccinated North Texas student develops measles

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RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — A health official says an unvaccinated student at a Dallas-area elementary school developed measles after traveling internationally.

Jawaid Asghar, chief epidemiologist for Collin County Health Care Services, said the child went to school Jan. 5, showing signs of measles the next day. Asghar said the child has since recovered, returning the Plano Independent School District school.

The health agency sent parents a letter last week warning that anyone at Schell Elementary School in Richardson on Jan. 5 could’ve been exposed.

Asghar says there are no indications of an outbreak, but it’ll take 21 days from the point of contact to confirm if the infection spread.

Texas allows for exemptions from immunizations for certain reasons, including those of conscience, which includes religious beliefs, and medical reasons.

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