Reporting Jason Allen
NEWARK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A North Texas church that is part of a large international ministry told its congregation that health officials had confirmed one case of measles there and suspected several more.
Eagle Mountain International Church, part of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, said on its website that it was informed about the cases last week, a day before Tarrant County Public Health made the measles cases public.
The number of measles cases in the county grew to 10 Monday, with the health department saying all cases are connected to one person who traveled to a country where measles is common. Kenneth Copeland Ministries has offices in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.
In a service Wednesday, Pastor Terri Pearsons told the congregation the case was confirmed on property and she suspected a couple families were affected. Pearsons said the church was scheduling free vaccination clinics. A clinic worker told CBS11 that vaccinations were done at a church Sunday.
In the service, which was posted on the church website, Pearsons said they had closed down the nursery for children and a company was coming in to clean the entire campus.
“What we’re going to be doing tonight, after church, is there will be a massive disinfecting of the entire church, this whole building, the whole campus, everything,” Pearsons said.
No one from the church or ministry immediately responded to calls and emails late Monday.
Public Health said three of the 10 people diagnosed with measles have already recovered. Most have had no vaccination for the disease. They range in age from 1 to 44.
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