Tarrant County still on the lookout for measles cases

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While no new measles cases have been reported since a Northeast Tarrant County resident became infected last week after attending a softball tournament in Kansas, officials still believe there will be more.

Russell Jones, chief epidemiologist at Tarrant County Public Health, said about 50 people have been vaccinated who came in contact with the Northeast Tarrant County resident. Tarrant County officials are continuing to keep in contact with those individuals.

“We are following up with them again this week,” Jones said. “I do expect we’ll get others as a result of contacts from that person who were not immune Unlike last year, we know who those people are.”

Last August, there were 16 measles cases in Tarrant County and five in Denton County. In a typical year, Tarrant County doesn’t see any measles cases.

The Northeast Tarrant County resident became infected while visiting Wichita, Kan., for an informal softball tournament on the July Fourth weekend.

Texas health officials have said more than 30 people from Texas who went to the tournament may have been exposed to the measles virus. There were were reportedly three recreational softball teams from Texas played in Wichita that weekend but only one from Tarrant County.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 14 cases of measles in Segwick and Johnson counties.

Tarrant County Public Health said the incubation period for some of the people who came in contact with the infected person will last for another two weeks. It can take up to 21 days for some people to show symptoms.

Dallas County Health and Human Services has also been monitoring for any possible exposures from the Northeast Tarrant County case but so far none have surfaced.

This year, there have been 585 measles in 20 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most people who become infected were not vaccinated.

This year, the Philippines is seeing a large, measles outbreak. Many U.S. cases brought have been brought from the Philippines and there is a Philippines Travelers' Health Notice related to that outbreak.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

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