Health concern over measles cases in Tarrant County

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 5 at 5:45 PM

TARRANT COUNTY - Tarrant County health officials are concerned that two confirmed cases of measles may be spreading.

It has been 17 years since the measles were reported in Tarrant County. The state of Texas has only 13 confirmed cases in the last decade. Dallas County has not reported any cases in recent years.

Public health officials report a 30-year-old woman may have passed the disease onto a man who lived in the same household.

"Early indications are that the first confirmed case was likely exposed during a trip to Orlando, Fl., in early March," said Dr. Anita Kurian, chief epidemiologist.

An alert has been issued to the community to be on the lookout for any other cases of measles. Investigators are looking into the workplaces and all contacts that the two victims have encountered.

Measles is highly contagious. It can be transmitted through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.

Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, cough and a reddish rash all over the body.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. Children receive two vaccines for measles, but doctors do not know how long the protection lasts.  

"If you think you've been exposed, but not symptoms yet, call your doctor and review you vaccination records," Dr. Kurian said. " Now is a good time to get vaccinated."

Anyone with the symptoms for measles should contact their doctor immediately.

Email: jstjames@wfaa.com

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