Tarrant County Reports First Case Of Measles

Kelli Wiese
March 21, 2019 - 1:06 pm

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Tarrant County is reporting its' first case of the measles this year.

Tarrant County Public Health says the patient had recently traveled out of the country to an area experiencing a spike in measles cases.

It's the first case of measles in Tarrant County in 4 years.

Measles is highly contagious and can be spread throught the air. It causes a rash, high fever, a cough, runny nose and watery eyes.

The rash begins on the face and head and then proceeds downward and outward to the hands and feet. It fades in the same order it began, from head to feet. It usually lasts one to two weeks. 

Unvaccinated people and children who are too young to be vaccinated are most at risk of  being infected.  This is the 14th case of measles in the state.

Tarrant County Public Health says residents considering foreign travel should always check their health status beforehand. 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 U.S. 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.