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Texas measles outbreak linked to church

A measles outbreak has sickened 25 people in Texas, with most of the cases linked to a church led by the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland.

Fifteen of the measles cases are centered around Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, according to Tarrant County Public Health spokesman Al Roy. The outbreak was started by a visitor to the church who had recently traveled to a country where measles remains common.

The visitor exposed not only the congregation and staff, but the church's on-site day-care center, according to an announcement on Eagle Mountain's website.

Those sickened by measles include nine children and six adults, ranging in age from 4 months old to 44 years old. At least 12 of those infected were not fully immunized against measles, Roy says. The other patients lack documents to show whether they were vaccinated. Full story. USA Today

H/t Sam Crawford.

Are you immunized against measles? Are your kids?


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