“Measles is a very serious disease,” said Heidar Heshmati, MD, Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Director. “It is important for everyone to contact their doctor and make sure they have received the measles vaccination to protect themselves and others.”
The Department is encouraging all Floridians who have not been immunized to get vaccinated immediately. Vaccinations are available through the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County or a doctor’s office for little or no cost.
Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious. When that person sneezes or coughs, droplets spray into the air. It can be transmitted from four days before the rash becomes visible to four days after the rash appears. A typical case of measles begins with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat. The symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include the following:
Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
People who develo these symptoms should contact their health care provider right away.
This article was updated on April 22 to reflect a revised case count.