Tarrant County resident tests positive for measles

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Tarrant County public health officials are monitoring the acquaintances of an individual who tested positive for measles after he returned from a trip to India earlier this month.

This is the first confirmed case of measles in Tarrant County this year. 

Vinny Taneja, health director at Tarrant County Public Health, said four adults and two children came in contact with the infected person. 

On January 6, the resident flew from India and had a stop in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates before arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Taneja said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to obtain the passenger manifest to determine who might have been exposed on the flight.

The infectious period for the individual ended one day later on January 7, according to a release from TCPH.

People born before 1957 or those who have the two measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are considered immune from the disease, Taneja said.

Taneja said this incident is not related to the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland Resort in California.

Measles symptoms include a reddish rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, according to the CDC. Symptoms usually last one to two weeks. The rash typically begins on the face and head and then travels to the hands and feet.  The rash then fades in the same order, from head to feet.

In July 2014, a Tarrant County resident also tested positive for the virus. The person was exposed during a softball tournament in Kansas, where others also contracted the virus. 

In 2013, 16 Tarrant County residents were diagnosed.

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