Florida urges vaccinations after 3 measles cases reported

Doctors Urging Parents To Vaccinate Kids As Measles Spreads Across Country

Doctors Urging Parents To Vaccinate Kids As Measles Spreads Across Country

More than 100 people in more than 20 states, including Texas, plus the District of Columbia caught the measles between January 1 and July 14, according to the CDC.

According to the CDC, 107 people have contracted the measles thus far in 2018. The majority of those cases were in people who were not vaccinated.

Measles is a virus that spreads easily because it travels in air droplets when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.

Cruise ship passengers may come down with measles until as late as August 27 because of the virus' seven- to 21-day incubation period.

There are no outbreaks reported in Florida, but two residents and one visitor were confirmed to have measles after global trips last month, according to the health department.

In 2015, the United States experienced a large, multistate measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.

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The CDC says measles are still common in many parts of the world, including certain countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Some symptoms are a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that typically starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

The CDC said measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. While the disease is treatable, the CDC said, one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles die from complications.

Numerous 2014 cases in the United States were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak.

Some of the other complications that can arise due to measles are ear infections, resulting in permanent hearing loss and diarrhea.

Officials urged parents to vaccinate their children. Herd immunity is achieved when at least 95 percent of the total population of a country gets the recommended two doses of the vaccine.

This is the fifth case reported in Florida and there are no locally-acquired cases in Jacksonville.

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