Measles cases reported in several Houston-area communities

HOUSTON, Tex. (KBTX)- At least 5 measles cases have been reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston Counties.

According to Montgomery County officials, a 2-year-old girl is recovering from the disease.

Galveston County Health District also confirmed a case involving a boy whose age ranges from 12 to 24 months old, according to KTRK-TV in Houston.

Earlier Monday, Harris County Public Health said two boys under the age of two and a 25 to 35-year-old woman were diagnosed with the measles. All three patients live in northwest Harris County.

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Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air.

Symptoms include a high fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, red eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Health officials are encouraging everyone to protect themselves from the virus by being vaccinated.