Texas Health Officials Issue Measles Alert

AUSTIN (July 17, 2014) The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a measles alert Thursday after determining that more than 30 people from the state who played in a softball tournament over the Fourth of July weekend in Wichita, Kan., may have been exposed to the virus.

“At least three recreational softball teams from Texas traveled to Wichita to participate in the informal tournament held at the South Lakes Sports Complex,” health officials said in a press release Thursday.

“DSHS is investigating to get additional details about the event and who may have been exposed... (but) has not yet identified any Texas measles cases associated with the event.”

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness that’s spread through coughing and sneezing.

Last year 27 cases were reported cases in Texas.

So far this year 11 cases have been reported in Kansas.

Measles cases have been rare in the U.S. since indigenous measles were declared eliminated in the country in 2000.

Texas health officials are urging anyone who attended the tournament to call the Department of State Health Services at (512) 776-7676.

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