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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Kelly Hanes

    Senior Public Information Officer

    Tarrant County Public Health

    817-321-5306 direct

    817-401-5967 mobile

    Investigation of Imported Measles Case Ends in Tarrant County

    Contacts of patient show no signs of the disease; monitoring period over

     

    January 27, 2015 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed all contacts from a recent imported measles case have completed their monitoring period - signaling an end to the investigation.

    The resident flew from India and had a stop in Dubai, arriving at DFW Airport on January 6. They later had contact with family members, as well as people in the community during a visit to a doctor’s office.

    From this situation, TCPH staff interviewed several potential contacts from the plane, the resident’s family and community. The list included 12 people - five exposed passengers from the international flight, six family members and one person in the community.

    “There is a major lesson to be learned from this completely avoidable situation. If all these individuals had taken their immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), we wouldn’t be worrying about this,” says TCPH Health Director Vinny Taneja. “All Tarrant County residents are encouraged to consult a travel health clinic before foreign travel to address their health needs. There are several entities that offer such service, including here at TCPH.”

    Measles is an airborne disease spread by coughing and sneezing. It causes a reddish rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes. It usually lasts one to two weeks. 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.

    This case has no apparent ties to the current Disneyland-related measles outbreak in California.

     

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    News release date: January 27, 2015