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    Kelly Hanes, Senior Public Information Officer

    Tarrant County Public Health

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    Tarrant County Public Health Confirms Measles Case

    Health officials notifying local healthcare community


    July 23, 2014 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed a Northeast Tarrant County resident has tested positive for Measles after travelling outside of the state.


    TCPH is actively working with local physicians and healthcare providers to consider Measles in their initial diagnosis of patients with compatible symptoms. Public health officials are also tracing contacts, assessing immune status and offering immunization for those who have not had Measles or previous vaccination.


    Measles causes a reddish rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes. It usually lasts one to two weeks. 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.


    “We know that Measles is highly contagious and easily spreads by simply breathing, coughing, sneezing or coming in close contact with an infected person,” says TCPH Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. “We are advising local physicians and healthcare providers to consider Measles in patients with compatible symptoms. If you or anyone you know develops symptoms of this disease, please check with your healthcare provider immediately.”


    TCPH reminds residents that Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. Adults who have received a Measles vaccine series are considered immune. Those who have not been immunized against Measles, or have never had Measles, should contact their healthcare provider.


    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 the ages of 4 to 6 years.


    You can find more information about Measles by clicking HERE.


    The last recorded cases of Measles in Tarrant County were in 2013.


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    For more information, please contact Al Roy, Public Information Officer at 817-321-5313.

    News release date: July 23, 2014


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