Last week, the Seminole County Health Department reported that a local woman had a confirmed case of measles.
In 2012, only one case was reported in the entire state of Florida. But this latest case is the fifth known LOCAL measles infection this year.
Measles is spread by contact with droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected person. Sneezing and coughing can put contaminated droplets into the air.
The number of measles cases dropped over the last several decades to almost none in the U.S. and Canada. However, rates have started to rise again recently.
Routine immunization is highly effective for preventing measles. People who are not immunized, or who have not received the full immunization are at high risk for catching the disease.
Symptoms usually begin 8 – 12 days after you are exposed to the virus and may include:
Itchy rash that typically starts on the head and spreads to other areas
An adult or child with a rash accompanied by a fever should always be seen by a doctor, as the combination could signal any number of severe or minor illnesses.