Kenneth Copeland Ministries church linked to Tarrant County measles outbreak
In a follow-up to the measles alert report out of North Texas, Tarrant County health officials are reporting 11 cases of the highly contagious viral disease as of Aug. 20, according to a posting on their official Facebook page.
Health authorities report that those affected by the outbreak include both children and adults.
More than 70 percent of the infected individuals (8) were not immunized against measles. The majority of those infected have already recovered; however, three are still recovering.
In addition, at least one case appears to be linked to a popular Fort Worth church.
In an earlier announcement, the Eagle Mountain International Church said in a news release that they had a visitor attend a service that had been overseas and exposed to measles.
“Therefore the congregation, staff at Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and the daycare center on property were exposed through that contact,” according to the release.
The church is working closely with the Tarrant County Health Department on this health issue.
The Dallas News reported Tuesday, Al Roy, spokesman for the county’s Public Health Department, said the 10 cases are connected and the department has “been working with individuals who attend the church.”
“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.”
Prior to 2013, the last recorded cases of measles in Tarrant County were in 2011.
Other Texas counties to report measles cases include Dallas, Denton and Harris.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease of measles and the virus that causes it share the same name. The disease is also called rubeola.
Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.
Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
The Texas Department of State Health Services says 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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