21 measles cases linked to megachurch in Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 3:36 PM

DALLAS (AP) — At least 21 cases of the measles have been linked to a Texas megachurch where an official says they have been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics.

In a recent sermon posted online, senior pastor Terri Pearsons encouraged those who haven't been vaccinated to do so, while also noting if they think they've "got this covered in your household by faith" not to do it.

The outbreak started when a person who contracted the measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, located about north of Fort Worth, Texas.

Officials with area health departments said Monday that those affected by the outbreak range in age from 4-months to 44-years-old. All of the school-aged children with the measles were homeschooled.

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