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Tarrant County Public Health investigating two cases of measles
(Tarrant County, Texas) . Today, Tarrant County Public Health is reporting two cases of measles in northern Tarrant County. One of the cases recently traveled to a country where measles is common.
"Measles is highly contagious and is spread easily by breathing, coughing, sneezing or even coming in close contact with an infected person," said Tarrant County Public Health Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. "The public health investigation and response is currently ongoing. Local physicians and other health-care providers are being advised to consider measles in their initial diagnosis of patients with compatible symptoms. Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should check with their health-care provider."
The last recorded cases of measles in Tarrant County were in 2011.
Measles virus may stay suspended in the air for up to two hours after an infectious person has been present, but there is no risk of infection after that time.
Measles causes a reddish rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, usually lasting one to two weeks. It can be spread from four days before the rash appears to four days afterwards. The rash begins on the face and head and then proceeds downward and outward to the hands and feet. It fades in the same order it began, from head to feet.
Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. Most people born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or other evidence of immunity to measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the vaccine. The first dose should be given at 12 months of age and the second between ages 4-6. Adults who have not been immunized against measles or have never had measles should contact their health-care provider.
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