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IN THE NEWS

This section of the Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) website contains current news and issues that may affect the health of Tarrant County residents.

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Ebola Information Hotline

Oct. 17, 2014 - To provide residents with more Ebola-related information, Tarrant County Public Health has established this hotline: 817-248-6299.

Information is provided during regular business hours.  For inquiries after hours, please view our Ebola web page.

 

Cyclosporiasis outbreak in North Texas linked to contaminated cilantro

Aug. 28, 2014 (Tarrant County, TX) – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) says a recent Cyclospora outbreak in North Texas (including Tarrant County) has been linked to cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico. Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by consuming food or water contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite. The number of new illnesses being reported has now returned to background levels. Tarrant County Public Health and DSHS will continue to monitor for new cyclosporiasis cases.

 

More specific information can be found at the TCPH Facebook page.

 

 

Two imported Chikungunya virus cases in Tarrant County

Aug. 28, 2014 (Tarrant County, TX)Tarrant County Public Health is reporting a second “imported” case of chikungunya virus disease - a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes. The Fort Worth resident contracted the disease while visiting Puerto Rico and was diagnosed by doctors upon returning home. The patient is no longer infectious and there are no reports of local transmission in the county at this time.

 

The first imported case of chikungunya was on Aug. 22.  The Mansfield resident contracted the disease while in the Caribbean and was diagnosed by doctors upon returning home. 

 

Click the following link for more information about chikungunya virus.

 

Positive Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tarrant County

August 4, 2014 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus for the 2014 season.

This case from the City of Crowley is the severe form, or West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Additional details are not being released to protect the identity of the patient.

In 2013, TCPH reported its first human case on May 26. For the entire 2013 season, TCPH reported nine human cases of West Nile disease, including two deaths.

Up to 80-percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms.

The mild form of the disease is commonly referred to as West Nile Fever. Symptoms include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue.  People typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.

The more severe form is often referred to as West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Symptoms include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. This form of the disease can be deadly.

TCPH would like to remind residents to take personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile virus. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use repellent, and dress for dusk to dawn.

TCPH has compiled a list of ways You Can Protect Yourself.

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Pertussis Update March 14, 2014 

As of March 14, 2014 Tarrant County has had 64 pertussis cases.  Seven of the 64 cases have been in infants.  Three cases have been hospitalized (an infant, a one year old and a person in their 60s).  January of this year there were 37 cases, as compared to 30 for January 2013.

The number of pertussis cases with onset in 2013 were 700.  The overall case rate for 2013 is 36.9 cases per 100,000 population. 148 of the cases in 2013 were infants less than one year old and of these, 47 (32%) were hospitalized.  The highest age specific case rate was in infants (525.2 cases per 100,000 population).  Note that 2013 case numbers represent preliminary data as case reports are being reviewed locally and at the state with a goal of closing the data file in March.  As a result of this data review, the number of cases may change slightly.

Pertussis Update Feb. 28, 2014

As of February 28, 2014 the number of pertussis cases with onset in 2013 is now 698, one more than the February 14th report.

The overall case rate for 2013 is 36.7 cases per 100,000 population. 147 of the cases in 2013 were infants less than one year old and of these 46 (31.3%) were hospitalized.  The highest age specific  case rate was in infants, 521.6 cases per 100,000 population.

Note that 2013 case numbers represent preliminary data as case reports are being reviewed locally and at the state with a goal of closing the data file in March.  As a  result of the data review, the number of cases may change slightly.

In 2014, we have had 31 cases with onset, or 9 more than reported in the February 14th report.  Four of the 31 cases have been in infants. Two cases have been hospitalized, one was an infant and the other a person in the their 60's.

 

Additional information can be found on the Pertussis web page.

West Nile Virus Update

As of Nov. 15, 2013, Tarrant County has transitioned to off-season West Nile Virus (WNV) surveillance.  Off-season WNV surveillance consists of monitoring 15 static trap locations countywide.  The mosquito samples from these locations will be sampled and tested at the North Texas Regional Laboratory at Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) once a month.  Cities with WNV positive samples during the off-season WNV surveillance will continue to be notified by TCPH.

The interactive map on the Take Control, Stop West Nile Virus web page will also continue to be updated with mosquito pool positives, mosquito trap locations and human case data.  Pending any unusual activity, further updates will resume in April 2014 with the onset of WNV seasonal surveillance.

MEASLES UPDATE (10-3-2013)

No additional measles cases have been reported in Tarrant County. 

The 16 confirmed measles cases have all recovered.  This outbreak is now considered over.

 

Pertussis Update: Feb. 14, 2014

As of mid-February, the number of pertussis cases with onset for 2013 is 697, or three more than the previous January 31st report. The overall case rate for 2013 is 36.7 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 697 cases, 147 of the cases were infants less than one year old, and of these 46 (31.3%) were hospitalized. The highest age specific case rate was in infants, 521.6 cases per 100,000 population.

Note that 2013 case numbers represent preliminary data as case reports are being reviewed locally and at the state with a goal of closing the data file in March. As a result of the data review, the number of cases may change slightly.

So far, there have been 22 cases with onset in 2014, or 13 more than reported in the January 31st report. Four of the nine have been in infants and one of those has been hospitalized.

Pertussis Update: 1-31-14

As of January 31, the number of pertussis cases with onset in 2013 stands at 694, two more than was reported two weeks ago. The case rate for 2013 is 36.5 cases/100,000 population.

Of these 694 cases, 146 of them were infants less than one year old, and of these, 46 (31.5%) were hospitalized.  Note that 2013 case numbers represent preliminary data as case reports are being evaluated locally and at the state level, with a goal of closing the data file in March.  As a  result of the data evaluation, the final number of 2013 cases may change slightly.

There have been nine  cases with onset in 2014.  Two of the nine have been in infants and one of those has been hospitalized.

Pertussis Update: 12-26-13

As of December 26, Tarrant County Public Health reports 657cases of pertussis, or 13 more than the previous report on December 16th.  The year to date rate is 34.6 cases/100,000 population.  Total hospitalizations is 55, one more than the previous report. The age range for hospitalizations is 0 to 78 years old.  All but two of the hospitalized cases are in children, 5 years and younger.  The other two hospitalized cases have been in adults greater than 70 years old.  133 of the cases have been in children less than 12 months old and of these, 44 have been hospitalized.

Pertussis Update: 12-9-13

For today, Dec. 9, Tarrant County Public Health reports 622 cases of pertussis in Tarrant County (11 more from the previous post) for an overall rate of 32.7 cases/100,000.  Of these, 51 have been hospitalized.  All but two of the hospitalized cases are in children 5 years and younger.  The other two are adults older than 70.  Of the 622 cases, 124 of them have been in children less than 12 months old, and of these 41 have been hospitalized.

Pertussis Update: 12-2-13

As of today, Dec. 2, Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 611 cases of pertussis in Tarrant County (10 more from the previous post) for an overall rate of 32.1 cases/100,000.  Of these, 50 have been hospitalized.  All but two of the hospitalized cases are in children 5 years and younger.  Of the 611 cases, 123 of them have been in children less than 12 months old, and of these 40 have been hospitalized.

For more details, visit the Pertussis/Whooping Cough webpage. 

 

West Nile Virus Update: 11-13-13

Tarrant County Public Health reports another human case of West Nile Virus – a Fort Worth man in his 40s with West Nile Fever.  This makes ten (10) total human cases of West Nile Virus in Tarrant County this year. Two of these cases have died.  The deaths were a south Fort Worth man in his 30s and a south Arlington man in his late 70s – both with underlying medical conditions.  Both deaths were previously reported WNND human cases.

The other cases include three women in Fort Worth, respectively in their 80s, 40s and 30s (all with West Nile Virus Fever), a Keller man in his 60s, an Arlington woman in her 60s, a Bedford woman in her 50s and a Fort Worth woman in her 30s (all with WNND).

Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant regarding West Nile Virus.

 

Pertussis Update: 11-11-13

As of November 11, 2013, there have been 582 cases of pertussis in Tarrant County, for an overall rate of 30.6 cases/100,000.  Of these, 49 have been hospitalized.  120 of the cases have been in children less than 12 months old, and of them 39 have been hospitalized.  For more details, visit the Pertussis/Whooping Cough webpage. 

West Nile Virus Update: 11-5-13

Tarrant County Public Health is reporting two additional human cases of West Nile Virus today – a Fort Worth woman in her 30s with West Nile Fever and an Arlington woman in her late 60’s with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND). 

This bring the total number of West Nile Virus human cases in Tarrant County this year to nine (9). Two of these cases have died.

The deaths were a south Fort Worth man in his 30s and a south Arlington man in his late 70s – both with underlying medical conditions.  Both deaths were previously reported WNND human cases.

The other cases include two women in Fort Worth, respectively in their 80s and 40s (both with West Nile Virus Fever), a Keller man in his 60s, a Bedford woman in her 50s and a Fort Worth woman in her 30s (all  with WNND).

Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant regarding West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Update: 11-1-13

Tarrant County Public Health reports today another case of West Nile Virus – a Bedford woman in her 50s with West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND). 

This is the seventh case of West Nile Virus in Tarrant County this year.  Two of these cases have died.

The deaths were a south Fort Worth man in his 30s and a south Arlington man in his late 70s – both with underlying medical conditions.  Both deaths were previously reported WNND human cases.

The other four cases include two women in Fort Worth, respectively in their 80s and 40s (both with West Nile Virus Fever), a Keller man in his 60s and a Fort Worth woman in her 30s (both with West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease).

Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant regarding West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Update: 10-9-13

Tarrant County Public Health is today reporting the second death associated with West Nile Virus in 2013 – a south Arlington man in his late 70s with underlying medical conditions.The first death was a south Fort Worth man in his 30s, also with underlying medical conditions.  Both deaths were previously reported human cases of West Nile Virus disease.

There have been a total of five human cases of West Nile Virus in Tarrant County this year.  The other three cases include two women in Fort Worth, one in her 80s, the other in her 40s (both with West Nile Virus Fever) and a Keller man in his 60s (with West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease).

Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant regarding West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Update (10-3-13)

Tarrant County Public Health confirms today an additional human case of West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND).  The case is an Arlington man in his 70s with underlying medical conditions.

This brings the human West Nile case total to five this season.

Previous cases included include two women in Fort Worth, one in her 80s, the other in her 40s (both with West Nile Virus Fever) and a Keller man in his 60s (with West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease).

There has been one death associated with West Nile Virus in 2013 - a south Fort Worth man in his 30s with underlying medical conditions.  This man was a previously reported West Nile Virus human case.

Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant regarding West Nile Virus.

MEASLES UPDATE (9-20-2013)

There are still 16 confirmed measles cases in Tarrant County.

TCPH is still following a handful of reported suspected cases.   Laboratory studies and investigations continue. 

 

MEASLES UPDATE (9-16-2013)

There are still 16 confirmed measles cases in Tarrant County.

TCPH is still receiving reports of possible cases, and with each case, time is involved for observation and testing of each individual.  Hopefully, if tests prove negative, the individuals involved don’t develop the classic symptoms and no other reports crop up by the end of this week, this particular outbreak will be considered over.

This information will be updated again on Friday, Sept. 20.

MEASLES UPDATE (9-13-2013)

The number of confirmed cases of measles still remains at 16.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

TCPH continues to monitor suspect case reports as part of this outbreak.

This information will be updated again on Monday, Sept. 16.

MEASLES UPDATE (9-9-2013)

The number of confirmed cases of measles still remains at 16.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

TCPH will continue to monitor any additional case reports as part of this outbreak.

This information will be updated again on Friday, Sept. 13 unless additional cases are found.

MEASLES UPDATE (9-6-2013)

The number of confirmed cases of measles still remains at 16.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

Should there be no additional cases by mid-September, this particular measles outbreak will be considered over.

This information will be updated again on Monday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m.

MEASLES UPDATE (9-5-2013)

The number of confirmed cases of measles still remains at 16.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

Should there be no additional cases by mid-September, this particular measles outbreak will be considered over.

This information will be updated again tomorrow, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m.

MEASLES UPDATE (9-4-2013)

Current number of confirmed cases of measles still remains at 16.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

Should there be no additional cases by mid-September, this particular measles outbreak will be considered over.

This information will be updated again tomorrow, Sept. 5, at 3 p.m.

MEASLES UPDATE (9-3-2013)

Current number of confirmed cases of measles still remains at 16.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

Should there be no additional cases by mid-September, this particular measles outbreak will be considered over.

This information will be updated again tomorrow, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m.

MEASLES UPDATE (8-30-2013)

There are still only 16 confirmed measles cases in Tarrant County as of 3 p.m. today.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

TCPH continues its investigation of individuals previously reported with rash fever.  These investigations require from 1 – 7 days to confirm or rule out measles.

TCPH will offer back-to-school shots at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth until 6 p.m. today.

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACDCF83CDCACC

This information will be updated again on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m.

MEASLES UPDATE (8-29-2013)

AS OF 3 P.M. TODAY, CURRENT CONFIRMED MEASLES CASES REMAIN AT 16.

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Case information remains as previously reported.

TCPH is currently investigating several people who have been reported with rash fever.  Such investigations require from 1 – 7 days to confirm or rule out measles.

TCPH continues to offer back-to-school shots this week at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACDCF83CDCACC

This information will be updated again tomorrow, Aug. 30, at 3 p.m.

MEASLES UPDATE (8-28-2013)

Current measles cases: STILL ONLY 16 CONFIRMED AS OF 3 p.m. TODAY, 8-28-13

All confirmed cases are no longer infectious.  Previous case information remains as it was yesterday.

Additional reports of rash fever illnesses have been received.  Tarrant County Public Health is investigating these reports. 

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACDCF83CDCACC

Any additional information will be included in the update Thursday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m.

MEASLES UPDATE (8-27-2013)

Current measles cases: STILL ONLY 16 CONFIRMED AS OF 3 p.m. TODAY, 8-27-13

Cases include 9 children and 7 adults, ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years.

Of these cases, 11 did not have any measles vaccination.  The other cases may have had at least one measles vaccination, but there is no official documentation to verify their status.

All of the cases are no longer infectious.

As previously reported, all of the cases are linked.  The first case had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

Local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

Information regarding the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACDCF83CDCACC

MEASLES UPDATE (8-26-2013)

Current measles cases: 16 confirmed as of 3 p.m. today, 8-26-13

Cases include 9 children and 7 adults, ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years.

Of these cases, 11 did not have any measles vaccination.  The other cases may have had at least one measles vaccination, but there is no official documentation to verify their status.

All of the cases are no longer infectious.

As previously reported, all of the cases are linked.  The first case had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

Local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

Information regarding the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACDCF83CDCACC

MEASLES UPDATE (8-23-2013)

Current measles cases: 15 confirmed as of 3 p.m. today, 8-23-13

Cases include 9 children and 6 adults, ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years.

All of the school-age children involved are home-schooled.

Of these cases, 12 did not have full immunization to measles.  While the other cases may have been vaccinated, there is no official documentation to verify their status.

All of the cases are no longer infectious.

As previously reported, all of the cases are linked.  The first case had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

Local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

Information regarding the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week and next at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACECB83CDCAC9

This information will be updated Monday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m.

 

MEASLES UPDATE (8-22-2013)

Current measles cases: 15 confirmed as of 3 p.m. today, 8-22-13

Cases include 9 children and 6 adults, ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years.

All of the school-age children involved are home-schooled.

Of these cases, 12 did not have full immunization to measles.  While the other cases may have been vaccinated, there is no official documentation to verify their status.

Of the cases, 3 are still infectious and have been asked to stay at home.

As previously reported, all of the cases are linked.  The first case had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

Local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

Information regarding the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week and next at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACECB83CDCAC9

MEASLES UPDATE (8-21-2013)

Current cases under investigation:   15 (as of 3 p.m., 8-21-13)

Cases include both children and adults, ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years.

All of the school-age children involved are home-schooled.

Of these 15 cases, 11 did not have any immunization to measles.  While the other cases claimed to have been vaccinated, there is no official documentation to verify their status.

Of the cases, 12 are no longer infectious.  Cases that are still infectious have been asked to stay at home.

As previously reported, all of the cases have been linked to a previously identified case, who had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

Local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week and next at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACECB83CDCAC9

This information will be updated tomorrow, Aug. 22 before close of business.

 

Measles Update 8-20-12

Cases include both children and adults, ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years.

Of these 11 cases, 8 did not have any immunization to measles.

Also of the 11 cases, 8 have recovered.  Cases that are still infectious have been asked to stay at home.

As previously reported, all of the cases have been linked to a previously identified case, who had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

Local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week and next at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACECB83CDCAC9

This information will be updated tomorrow, Aug. 21 before close of business.

 

MEASLES UPDATE (8-19-2013)

Current cases under investigation:   10 (as of 4 p.m., 8-19-13)

Cases include both children and adults, ranging in age from 1 year to 44 years.

Of these 10 cases, 3 have recovered.  Cases that are still infectious have been asked to stay at home.

Vaccination status varies among the cases in question, with most having had no MMR vaccinations. 

All of the cases have been linked to one previously identified case, who had traveled outside the United States to a country where measles is common.

Local physicians and health-care providers have been alerted to the presence of measles in the community.

Unless one has had measles previously, or has been vaccinated, it’s best to get the vaccine.  While the vaccine generally takes about two weeks to become fully effective, vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in those infected.

TCPH currently offering back-to-school shots this week and next at the La Gran Plaza Mall in south Fort Worth. 

http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/ical/eventDetail.asp?date_ID=CECACACECB83CDCAC9

This information will be updated tomorrow, Aug. 20 before close of business.

 

TCPH reporting nine cases of measles under investigation - Aug. 16, 2013

As of 5 p.m. today, Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) is now reporting a total of nine cases of measles.  In addition to the four Tarrant County cases noted in an earlier news release by the Texas Department of State Health Services, five more cases have been added to the total in Tarrant County.

It has been determined that all of the new cases are connected to one of the previously known measles cases.  That one adult  case [from the two originally reported] is the only one that has travelled outside the United States.

Of the new cases, the individuals who are currently ill and infectious have been asked to self-isolate.  The vaccination status of these individuals varies.   

TCPH will begin providing updated measles numbers in this location each weekday before close of business, starting Mon., Aug. 19. 

Texas Department of State Health Services (released earlier)

NEWS RELEASE

Aug. 16, 2013

Texas Issues Measles Alert

Citing four confirmed measles cases in the last month and nine cases for the year, the Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a health alert and is urging immunization against this highly contagious illness.

State health officials are asking health care providers to be on alert for potential exposures and patients with measles symptoms, particularly in the North Texas area. The four most recently confirmed cases are from Tarrant County. Other Texas counties with cases this year include Dallas (2), Denton (2) and Harris (1).

There were no measles cases reported in 2012 and six cases in 2011.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune or vaccinated will also become infected with the measles virus.

State health officials urge immunization to protect against and prevent the spread of measles. People should check their immunization status with their health care provider.

The incubation period of measles is about two weeks from exposure to onset of rash. People are contagious from four days before onset of rash to four days after the appearance of rash. The rash usually begins on the face and spreads to the trunk. Other symptoms include fever (higher than 101 degrees), cough, runny nose and sore eyes.

Doctors should consider measles in their diagnosis if they have a patient with a rash and fever. If measles is suspected, they should report the patient to their local health department as soon as possible. People who have measles or are suspected of having measles should seek medical attention and otherwise stay home until four days after the rash appeared.

Vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in people who are infected with measles. Immune globulin given up to six days after exposure may prevent disease among susceptible or unvaccinated people at high risk for complications, such as pregnant women, people with weak immune systems and children too young to be vaccinated.

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(News Media Contact: Christine Mann, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-776-7511)

 

Tarrant County Public Health investigating two cases of measles - Aug. 15, 2013

Tarrant County Public Health is reporting two cases of measles in northern Tarrant County. One of the cases recently traveled to a country where measles is common.  “Measles is highly contagious and is spread easily by breathing, coughing, sneezing or even coming in close contact with an infected person,” said Tarrant County Public Health Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. “The public health investigation and response is currently ongoing. Local physicians and other health-care providers are being advised to consider measles in their initial diagnosis of patients with compatible symptoms. Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should check with their health-care provider.” The last recorded cases of measles in Tarrant County were in 2011.

Health Advisory: Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections: test patients with consistent symptoms - July 17, 2013

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) and The Texas Department of State Health Services are encouraging healthcare providers to test patients for Cyclospora if they have diarrheal illness lasting more than two days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue. Diagnosis of Cyclospora requires submission of stool specimens for “Ova and Parasite” testing with additional specific orders for Cyclospora. A single negative stool specimen does not exclude the diagnosis; three specimens are optimal.

Full advisory

Current cases under investigation:   41 (as of 8-08-13)

TCPH Bulletin: Cyclosporiasis

 
 
 
 
 
 




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