The Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) has reported an imported measles case.
The case in Broward was acquired outside of the United States, according to Dr. Paula Thaqi, the director of DOH-Broward.
Dr. Bindu Mayi, a professor of microbiology at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Medical Sciences in Broward said an immediate goal is to trace back whoever came in contact with the individual. Then health officials “have to see what they need to do to protect additional people who have been exposed.”
According to the CDC, measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.
Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.
The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.