INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that two unvaccinated adults in Indian River County have acquired measles.
Officials say the first case was internationally acquired and the second case was locally acquired in the same household.
"It is very important to protect yourself, your family and community by getting vaccinated," saidIndian River County Health Department Administrator Miranda Hawker. "If you previously werevaccinated from measles or born before 1957, you are presumed to be immune. If you are unsureabout your status, contact your health care provider."
Measles is a highly contagious, serious respiratory disease that can spread to others who are unvaccinated.
Experts at the Florida Department of Health say those who are most susceptible to infection include pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people who are immunocompromised.
A typical case of measles begins with flu-like symptoms.
The symptoms generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include:
- Blotchy rash
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
- Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik's spots)
The public is encouraged to receive measles vaccinations at their doctor's office or through county health services.