Outbreaks of infectious diseases are happening in nearby areas, but so far there have been no cases in Graham.

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently issued health alerts for both pertussis and measles. Projections show the number of people sick with pertussis, also known as whooping cough, this year is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years, according to the alert. There have been nearly 2,000 cases of pertussis reported in the state so far this year.

With the recent measles outbreak, doctors, particularly those in North Texas, have been asked to be on alert for potential exposure and measle-like symptoms.

Diann Grissom, GRMC infection preventionist, said although there have been no recent documented cases in Young County, nearby counties have seen cases of diseases preventable by vaccine.

Grissom said there have been a few cases of measles in Kaufman, Comanche and Parker Counties. Pertussis has been seen in Cooke, Eastland, Erath, Johnson and Parker counties in August.

There has been one case of mumps in Rockwall County and a case of rubella in Ellis County. In August, Young County did have one documented case of varicella or chicken pox.

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