Memo: Dallas County man diagnosed with measles

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 6:20 PM

DALLAS –– Dallas County epidemiologists have notified health providers that a man who had no recent history of international travel was recently diagnosed with the measles. 

The 49-year old resident is recovering following hospitalization, according to a Dallas County Health and Human Services memo sent to medical providers.

The source of the adult’s infection is unknown.  Health officials say the patient may have exposed people in the emergency department and on an airplane flight.  Those people are being identified and notified.

Collin County has recently had two pediatric measles cases. It does not appear the cases are connected. 

Measles is highly contagious.  It is transmitted by respiratory droplets and spread by air. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incubation period is approximately two weeks, however patients can be contagious for several days before the onset of the telltale rash.

Health care providers are being reminded to test for measles in any unexplained rash. Sixteen measles cases were connected to a single exposure in Tarrant County last year.  

The cases were spread among parishioners at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries megachurch near Eagle Mountain Lake. A congregant contracted the viral infection during a visit to a foreign country. That outbreak was contained.

We've posted the full memo below:

 

Measles Memo

Email jstjames@wfaa.com

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