The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County has confirmed one measles case in a 39-year-old woman. Officials are notifying any and all facilities the patient visited during her infectious period, and searching for potential cases.
Cases of rash-like illness are rarely seen in the United States, but they are still common in some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected and can bring measles to the United States.
Individuals who have received their complete routine measles vaccination, including most children, or those who had measles in the past, will have immunity to this disease. Adults born after 1957 should receive at least one dose of measles vaccine, unless they have already had measles or the vaccine and are immune.
Those at increased risk of getting measles - college students, international travelers and healthcare workers - should receive two doses, provided they are given no less than 1 month apart.
Children should be immunized against measles with the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. Children should receive two doses, with the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at four to six years of age.
The symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include:
Measles is spread through the air by infectious droplets and is highly contagious. It can be transmitted from four days before the rash becomes visible to four days after the rash appears.
The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County provides measles and other routine vaccinations at 400 West Airport Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773. For more information, go to the Seminole County Health Department's website.