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DOH Confirms Another Case Of Measles In Florida

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Florida health officials have confirmed another case of the measles in the state.

Florida Department of Health officials confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated teen in Indian River County. The teen has since recovered.

This case brings the total of measles cases to four between Indian River and St. Lucie counties.

The Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is highly contagious and can spread to other people who are not vaccinated.

It is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. The virus can live on surfaces or in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed for up to two hours, according to health officials.

Those who are particularly susceptible are pregnant woman, infants under the age of 12 months and people who have their immune system compromised.

A typical case of measles begins with flu-like symptoms.

Seven to fourteen days after  a person is exposed, they can get the following symptoms: blotchy rash, fever, cough, runny nose, red or watery eyes, feeling run down, achy,  tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth.

Health officials are encouraging residents and visitors to get vaccinated.

"Vaccination continues to be the best prevention against measles," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.


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