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Two confirmed cases of measles in Tarrant County

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Two Tarrant County residents have measles, health officials announced Thursday.

It's the first confirmed cases of the disease in Tarrant County since 2011.

Health officials did not give any details on the two people who contracted measles, other than it is a parent and child and the case was reported in northern Tarrant County.

Health officials said one of the people who has measles recently traveled to a country where measles is common. Measles was largely wiped out after a vaccine became widespread in the 1950s, making cases rare in the United States.

"The public health investigation and response is currently ongoing," said Tarrant County Public Health Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones in a statement. "Local physicians and other health-care providers are being advised to consider measles in their initial diagnosis of patients with compatible symptoms."

Measles, according to health officials, causes a reddish rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes and usually lasts one to two weeks. The measles virus can stay suspended in the air for up to two hours after an infectious person has been present.

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