Health officials are urging Central Floridians to ensure their vaccinations are up to date after a second measles case was confirmed in Seminole County, the first two reported in the area in almost two decades.
The second case is the 39-year-old husband of the 39-year-old woman first diagnosed in February.
Seminole health officials are looking for other potential cases, notifying locations the man may have visited during his infectious period. They have also advised medical facilities to consider the possibility of measles in patients that present with rash-like illnesses.
Measles are rare in the U.S. but are still common on other continents, so unvaccinated travelers are at risk of getting infected. Those who have received their complete routine measles vaccination or those who previously have had measles will be immune to it.
Measles are spread through the air by tiny droplets. Symptoms begin about one to two weeks after a person is exposed and include blotchy skin; fever; cough; runny nose; red, watery eyes; malaise; and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers inside the mouth.
For more information, go to SeminoleCoHealth.com/Immunizations.html.