TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The disease more common in developing countries than in the United States has been making spotty appearances across North Texas this year.

On Thursday officials with Tarrant County Public Health confirmed they are investigating two cases of measles. Both of the patients are in northern Tarrant County and one of the individuals recently traveled to a country where measles is common.

“Measles is highly contagious and is spread easily by breathing, coughing, sneezing or even coming in close contact with an infected person,” Tarrant County Public Health Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones said in a press release statement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Jones said health workers need to be especially aware. “Local physicians and other health-care providers are being advised to consider measles in their initial diagnosis of patients with compatible symptoms.”

A few of those symptoms include a reddish rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, usually lasting one to two weeks.

Officials say measles are so contagious that anyone exposed to it, who has not been immunized, will most likely get the disease.

The last recorded cases of measles in Tarrant County happened back in 2011.

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed they had a second case of measles in June. Denton County health officials have also confirmed two measles cases this year.

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