Source: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
Texas health officials are warning healthcare professionals to be on the alert for symptoms of measles, following the diagnosis of a second case of the highly contagious disease in Dallas County. The patient in the second case, a 14-year-old, reportedly had been in contact with the first patient, whose infection was confirmed in late May. Dallas County Health and Human Services is recommending that measles be considered when healthcare professionals diagnose patients with compatible symptoms, with particular attention given to people who have traveled abroad recently. More than 1,000 cases of measles have been confirmed in the United Kingdom already this year, with nearly 300 recorded in April alone. Inside the United States, measles outbreaks have been recorded in New York and North Carolina as well.