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Tarrant County Resident Tests Positive For Measles

A microscopic examination of measles pneumonia. (credit: cdc.gov)

A microscopic examination of measles pneumonia. (credit: cdc.gov)

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FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Northeast Tarrant County resident has tested positive for Measles after traveling outside of the state.

The health department is investigating the case and suggests anyone who doesn’t have an immunization for Measles – get one.

This comes after the Tarrant County Public Health Department issued a measles alert when more than 30 people traveled to a softball tournament in Kansas over the Fourth of July weekend and may have been exposed to the virus.

Tarrant County Measles Case

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“We know that Measles is highly contagious and easily spreads by simply breathing, coughing, sneezing or coming in close contact with an infected person,” says TCPH Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. “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.”

A few of the symptoms of Measles include a runny nose, fever, cough, reddish rash and watery eyes. Health officials say it can last anywhere from one to two weeks.

The last recorded cases of Measles in Tarrant County was in 2013.

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