The Texas measles outbreak has been traced back to a Megachurch in Texas, that preached to its followers to stay away from the measles vaccine. The church is the epicenter to this measles outbreak, according to Forbes on Aug. 26.
The leader of the Eagle Mountain International Church, Kenneth Copeland, told his followers to stick with faith healing while warning folks to stay away from vaccines. Apparently the people who attend this church heeded his warning because now at least 20 people are stricken with the measles and most are people affiliated with the church, including a four-month-old baby.
Nine children and six adults ranging in age from four-months-old to 44-years-old are battling the measles and health officials say at least 12 have not been fully vaccinated against the disease and the remainder of folks stricken cannot produce documentation saying that they were vaccinated.
Now Copeland's daughter, Terri Copeland, is urging the church's followers to go and get that vaccination at a few different free clinics. It seems they've changed their minds on vaccinations. If they don't get vaccinated, they will need to stay quarantined at home for two weeks, as this disease spreads like wild fire.
It is believed that one of the church followers traveled out of the country to another country where measles are prevalent and brought the disease back home to the church. Apparently this person had also gone into the children's section of the church, which would explain how the kids, especially the four-month-old baby, contracted measles.
Neighboring states have their health workers on alert for cases of the measles if this outbreak continues to spread. This disease is wildly infectious and the first symptoms of measles show up 8 to 12 days after you've been exposed to the disease.
Symptoms of the measles: They include a characteristic rash, cough, fever, and pain. There is no treatment for measles, it just has to run its course. More serious outcomes can range from pneumonia to brain inflammation and death.