Checkup Newsroom (Measles)

2019
May
23,
2019
Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed a traveler passing through DFW Airport on a May 15, 2019, connecting flight has tested positive for measles. TCPH wants the traveling public to be aware that exposures may have occurred at DFW Airport on ...
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May
10,
2019
Out of 25 counties in the U.S. with the highest risk for a measles outbreak, Tarrant County ranks number 12 according to research published in the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases. To identify the hot spots, researchers from the Un...
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April
19,
2019
It’s been nearly two decades since measles was declared eradicated in the United States, but due to a shift in attitudes about vaccines the virus is back. More than 500 people spanning 20 states have been diagnosed with measles this year already. ...
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March
21,
2019
Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed the first case of measles in the area since 2015. This is the fourth case of measles confirmed in North Texas this year and the fourteenth in the state. Health officials say the patient recently traveled ...
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February
27,
2019
As health experts warn that vaccine hesitancy and misinformation has caused a surge in highly contagious diseases, a congressional hearing took place on Capitol Hill today to look at “a growing public health threat” of measles cases in the United Sta...
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February
11,
2019
We know writing about measles and the need for vaccination usually causes debate on our social media channels. But it also raises important questions that need to be addressed. Last week after the article 12 Facts About Measles You Need To Know...
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February
08,
2019
Denton County Public Health confirmed a measles case, making it the first case for 2019 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This was the seventh case confirmed in Texas this year. Five have been confirmed in southern Texas, including four under the age of...
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January
23,
2019
A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has caused health officials in nearby Clark County, Wash., to declare a public health emergency, warning that infected people have visited airports, schools, churches, dentist offices and area retail outlets. ...
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2018
September
06,
2018
A case of the mumps has been confirmed at TCU. The Star-Telegram reports that Tarrant County Public Health officials are working to identify any Texas Christian University students who may have been exposed to the mumps. Currently, no other cases ...
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August
27,
2018
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Texas is among 18 states that allow families to opt out of vaccines for personal or moral beliefs. The Morning News reports that Plano, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston all ranked among the 15...
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August
15,
2018
As a new school year begins, a 15-year-long trend of parents refusing to vaccinate their children in Texas may put your child at serious risk for diseases like measles. That’s the concern of many of the state’s physicians based on new numbers from...
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March
07,
2018
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a letter warning parents and cheerleaders from 39 states and nine counties that they may have been exposed to mumps at a cheerleading competition last month in Dallas.  The Dallas Morning Ne...
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2016
November
22,
2016
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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March
16,
2016
Not getting your child vaccinated puts them and others at risk. We have said this before (many times), but a new study shows just how true this statement is. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) loo...
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January
18,
2016
Collin County Health Care Services has confirmed a student at Schell Elementary School in Richardson has tested positive for measles. A letter published by the department reports that they are “reviewing individual exposure status, although anyone...
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2015
August
28,
2015
Rubella was declared eradicated from North and South America just this past April. So why did the Tarrant County Health Department just announce that there is a case of rubella in a Texas Christian University student? Unfortunately, the student...
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August
18,
2015
Vaccination is important to me. This should not shock you. Articles and news reports about infectious diseases and their impact on our children keep me up at night. Tonight, it’s not an article about an outbreak of disease that has me up typing aw...
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January
29,
2015
I’ve been watching the Disney measles outbreak, each day cringing when I see the total number of infected people and hoping that there are no serious complications. Then, the news broke that there is a confirmed case of measles right in our backyard....
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2014
October
03,
2014
Ebola virus. Enterovirus 68. Chikungunya. The return of the measles, whooping cough and soon the flu.We’ve spent a lot of time recently talking to you grownups out there about all of these conditions in an effort to inform you, but also hopefully to ...
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August
22,
2014
The two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus while caring for people in West Africa have been discharged. I’m sure many of you are relieved, while still concerned, especially after you heard that Dr. Kent Brantly may be moving back to the DFW are...
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July
23,
2014
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed a Northeast Tarrant County resident has tested positive for measles after traveling outside of the state.Measles is highly contagious and can easily spread by simply breathing, coughing, sneezing or c...
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April
25,
2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 129 cases of measles, the highest number  in the United States since 1996. The CDC states that from Jan. 1-April 18, 2014 a total of 129 cases of measles were recorded in this country....
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