Breaking Tarrant County news: Measles alert
First case confirmed in Northeast Tarrant County
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 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.
Donald Murphey, M.D., medical director of Infectious Disease at Cook Children’s, and TCPH remind 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.”
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. But children can get the second dose at any age, as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.
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The last recorded cases of Measles in Tarrant County were in 2013.