Tarrant County Public Health Confirms Case of Measles


Published 07/23 2014 11:30AM

Updated 07/23 2014 11:32AM

File photo of a measles patient.
File photo of a measles patient./NBC DFW
Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed a resident has tested positive for measles after traveling outside of the state.

According to the health department, the resident lives in the northeast part of the county. As per usual, specific patient information is not being disclosed.

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

The TCPH department said public health officials are also tracing contacts, assessing immune status and offering immunization for those who have not had measles or previous vaccination, the department said in a news release Wednesday.

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