FORT WORTH Health officials are urging residents who have not received childhood vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella to get shots after 10 of 14 cases of measles reported in Texas were confirmed in Tarrant County.
Most of those infected had not been inoculated against the disease, Tarrant County health officials said.
The number of cases is dramatically higher than in previous years. Last year, there were no reports of measles in North Texas. In 2011, there were only six.
Tarrant County officials said the outbreak started when an adult traveled to a foreign country and developed the highly contagious disease upon returning to Texas.
"One way or another, they've all had contact with one another," said Russell Jones, Tarrant County's chief epidemiologist. "So, it may be this person became infected and passed it on to someone else."
If you've never had measles before, health officials say receiving an immunization dramatically reduces your chance of contracting the disease.
Tarrant County Public Health is offering back-to-school shots this week and next week at La Gran Plaza Mll in south Fort Worth.
Public officials said anyone diagnosed with measles should isolate themselves for a period of nine days, starting four days prior to their first sign of symptoms.