SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Second measles case confirmed in St. Lucie County

Measles case confirmed in St. Lucie County | Courtesy of nature.com
According to a recent announcement from the Florida Department of Health, a second case of measles has been confirmed in St. Lucie County.

Health professionals considered the first case to be an isolated event that was not a threat to public health. This second case has been quarantined as a precaution. As of today, the total number of measles cases for both Indian River and St. Lucie counties is five.

Measles is spread through a virus and causes serious respiratory problems. It is extremely contagious and spreads easily, with symptoms including fever, a blotchy rash, a runny nose and a cough. It is common for patients to have red, water eyes and body aches.

Infants, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to the disease. Health professionals say vaccines may be the best way to prevent contracting the disease, and recommend that anyone who isn't immunized receive their measles vaccines as soon as possible.

"We applaud all who have gotten vaccinated or confirmed their immunity in light of the unfortunate cases of measles in Florida this year,” State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong said. "Vaccination remains the best way for Floridians and visitors to protect their children, themselves and their communities from what is ultimately a serious yet preventable illness."

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