SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Central Florida tourists may have contracted measles

The Orange County Health Department recently announced that it suspects at least five tourists who visited central Florida last month have contracted measles.

The affected tourists, who have since returned to their home in Michigan, Minnesota and Texas, we’re diagnosed after they demonstrated symptoms, according to

Florida health authorities are currently working with the health departments in Michigan, Minnesota and Texas in an attempt to track the virus.

“At this point, health authorities are not sure if the travelers caught the disease from an Orlando resident, or if one tourist spread it to another,” Sarah Matthews, chief of the Orange County Health Department's epidemiology department, said, reports.

The health department, unsure of the source, has issued a letter to all local physicians Monday advising doctors to be on the lookout for anyone with symptoms the next few weeks, reports.

Although measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, isolated cases occur among U.S. residents returning from foreign travel and among foreign visitors to the United states.

Most U.S. residents are immune to the disease, but children who have yet to receive the vaccination remain highly susceptible.

According to the CDC, measles symptoms include fever, running nose, cough and a red rash all over the body. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can be spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.