Florida confirms measles case

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The Florida Department of Health recently confirmed that an international traveler who visited the state had the measles.

The traveler attended an international conference on March 16 and 17 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in  Kissimmee, Florida. The individual’s travel history included several counties in central and south Florida, including Osceola, Orange, Miami-Dade and Sarasota counties between March 14 and March 20. 

The traveler did not spend any time at amusement parks. He was hospitalized for his illness from March 20 to 24, and flew out of Florida on March 25. 

All of the people who attended the international conference have been notified of the situation. 

Symptoms of the measles include a fever; cough; blotchy rash; feeling run down or achy; and having a runny nose, red, watery eyes, and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers inside the mouth.

Symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after exposure.

Health professionals in Florida and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage the general public to receive the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to prevent contracting the disease. This vaccine requires multiple doses; one dose is not enough to guarantee protection from the virus.

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