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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) - Another person in Tarrant County has been diagnosed with the measles, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 11, according to the county's health department.  The youngest person infected is four months old.  Earlier on Tuesday, health officials identified five other potential measles cases.  All of the cases are linked to a North Texas church.

The outbreak has been traced back to an adult, who traveled on a multi-nation mission trip through Eagle Mountain International Church.  The trip included stops in Japan, China, France and Germany.

Eagle Mountain Church is part of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, which has offices in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.

In last Wednesday's church service, which was posted online, Pastor Terri Pearsons told the congregation that the original measles case had been confirmed on property and that a professional company was coming in to clean the entire church campus.

Health officials said three of the 11 people diagnosed with measles have already recovered, eight of them had not been vaccinated for the disease.

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