The Florida Department of Health has reported that an unvaccinated Florida child has tested positive for the measles virus.
At the moment, no identifying information has been released about the child or the child’s family other than the fact that they live in Miami-Dade County. The department is currently hard at work to avoid any further outbreak, which would be dangerous.
Weighing in at Local 10 News, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip reminded us that measles is still “a very serious disease,” adding that vaccination is the most important line of defense against the spread of infectious diseases. Dr. Philip said, “This case serves as a reminder for all residents to check their immunization records or contact their primary care provider’s office to make sure they are up to date on the measles vaccine, as well as all recommended vaccines.”
Measles is an airborne illness. This means that even common responses like coughing, sneezing, and breathing are very contagious, and you should always take extra caution around measles patients.
The most common symptoms of this virus are a runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and red eyes. Health officials reiterate that the best way to prevent a disastrous outbreak is being diligent about vaccination. Every child should be vaccinated against this deadly virus.
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