TARRANTCOUNTY -- Tarrant County Public Health officials say a NorthTexas resident has tested positive for measles.
The highly-contagious disease was reportedly contracted by a person who traveled outside the state. News 8 has learned they were at a softball tournament inKansas over the 4th of July weekend where more than 29 other people were also exposed to measles.
The disease causes a runny nose, fever, cough, reddish rash and watery eyes. It can last anywhere from one to two weeks, health officials said.
'We know that measles is highly contagious and easily spreads by simply breathing, coughing, sneezing or coming in close contact with an infected person,' TCPH Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones said. '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.'
TCPHsays adults who have had the vaccine for measles are immune to the disease. Those who are not vaccinated or have never had the disease are at risk.
In 2013 there was another recorded case of the measles in Tarrant County.