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Number of Tarrant County measles cases increases to 10

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Tarrant County health officials announced a new measles case on Monday afternoon, for a total of 10 cases of the disease in the county.

A parent and a child in northern Tarrant County contracted the virus after the adult recently traveled to a country where measles is common.

All of the cases are connected to each other and can be traced back to the adult who attends Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark in far northwest Tarrant County.

"As far as the church is concerned, we contacted their leadership and said we're offering vaccination," Russ Jones, Tarrant County Public Health, said. "And they've been very helpful in that regard."

One of the church's senior pastors warned members about the exposure last week.

"There will be a massive disinfecting of the entire church. This whole building, the campus, everything," said Pastor Terri Pearsons.

Health officials said Monday nearly all of the people who contracted measles were not immunized for the disease. The youngest person affected is a 1-year-old and the oldest is 44.

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a health alert Friday after enough people across the state contracted measles. Other unrelated measles cases in 2013 include two in Dallas County, two in Denton County and one in Harris County.

Measles was largely wiped out after a vaccine became widespread in the 1950s, making cases rare in the United States.

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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