Texas county records two cases of measles

Public health officials in Tarrant County, Texas, have begun an investigation into two confirmed cases of measles, both of them involving adults, which are the first in the county in 17 years.

The two cases include a female in her 30s and a man who had contact with the woman’s household, the Star Telegram reports. The investigation has found that it is most likely that the woman was exposed to the disease during a trip to Orlando, Florida, in early March.

Measles is an extremely contagious disease that infects most people who are exposed and not immune to it. The disease can have serious complications, including pneumonia. which will occur most often in children under the age of five and older adults. Measles symptoms include runny nose, fever, cough and a reddish rash over the entire body.

Dr. Anita Kurian, the chief epidemiologist for Tarrant County Public Health, has urged those with the symptoms to isolate themselves and contact their healthcare provider.

“They should call ahead of time rather than just show up so the office can make recommendations to see them in isolation,” Kurian said, according to the Star Telegram. “Until you get a medical consultation, you should isolate yourself at home.”

Three cases of measles have been confirmed in Texas this year. The state only had 13 confirmed measles cases between 2001 and 2010.