Don't want to send off any panic alarms here, but you should know that Texas Department of State Health Services have issued a measles alert.

If you don't believe that 13 case thus far this year is a high number and warrants no warning, then consider that in 2012 there were zero cases.

Tarrant County has reported nine cases, while Dallas and Denton counties reported two cases each.

The outbreak is thought to be a result of someone contracting the disease while traveling outside the United States.  According to state health officials:

"Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune or vaccinated will also become infected with the measles virus".