Breaking news: Measles case confirmed in Tarrant County
Resident test positive after returning home from India
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed a Tarrant County resident has tested positive for Measles after returning home from India.
The resident flew from India and had a stop in Dubai, arriving at DFW Airport on January 6. The infectious period ended on January 7.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is determining the number of exposed passengers on the international flight. TCPH is investigating who might have been exposed in Tarrant County. So far, the investigation has revealed a limited exposure to area residents.
The last recorded case of Measles in Tarrant County was in July 2014. This case has no apparent ties to the current Disneyland-related measles outbreak in California.
Measles is an airborne disease and is highly contagious. Measles can easily spread through breathing, coughing, sneezing or coming in close contact with an infected person. If you or anyone you know develops symptoms of this disease, please contact your health care provider immediately.
Measles begins as a mild infection with fever, congestion, cough and some oral lesions. It then worsens to a severe respiratory infection, with very red eyes, lots of coughing and a rash all over the body with red, slightly raised, round spots. Measles can have complications such as pneumonia, dehydration and in rare occasions swelling of the brain (encephalitis). Measles is especially dangerous for people with weak immune systems.
The TCPH and Donald Murphey, M.D., medical director of Infectious Disease at Cook Children’s, reminds people that measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. Adults who have received a measles vaccine series are considered immune. Those who have not been immunized against measles, or have never had measles, should contact their health care provider to get vaccinated.
“If you think you, or your child, may have measles or have been exposed, call your doctor immediately and try not to come in contact with others,” Dr. Murphey said. “The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and very effective at preventing measles. If you are travelling with children, they can be immunized against measles to protect them as early as 6 months old. Children normally start the MMR vaccine at 1 year old. If you or your child has not had the vaccination, please call your doctor to arrange this ASAP.”
Most people born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine or other evidence of immunity to Measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the vaccine. The first dose should be given at 12 months of age and the second between the ages of 4 to 6 years.
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