Health officials in Collier County, Florida announced Tuesday a confirmed local measles case in an adult male. This is the first measles case in Florida in 2016.
It’s unclear how the unidentified Collier county man contracted the disease.
Health officials are working to limit exposure and will notify persons with exposure risks.
“Measles is a very serious disease. The best way to protect yourself and others against measles is to get vaccinated,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “This case serves as a reminder for all residents to check their immunization records or contact their primary care provider’s office to make sure they are up to date on the measles vaccine as well as all recommended vaccines.”
Measles or rubeola, is an acute highly communicable viral disease that is characterized by Koplik spots in the cheek or tongue very early in the disease. A couple of days later a red blotchy rash appears first on the face, and then spreads, lasting 4-7 days. Other symptoms include fever, cough and red watery eyes. The patient may be contagious from four days prior to the rash appearance to four days after rash appearance.
The disease is more severe in infants and adults. Complications from measles which is reported in up to 20% of people infected include; seizures, pneumonia, deafness and encephalitis.
Health officials are urging folks to check their vaccine records to ensure they’ve been immunized. The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella shot is the best way to protect you and your family. It’s given in two doses — the first at 12 to 15 months old and the second between four and six years.