In a follow-up on a report earlier this week, Pinellas County, FL health officials have reported two additional confirmed measles cases, bringing the total to three.

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The newest cases were also unvaccinated and were acquired locally, health officials note.

These are the first measles cases reported in Pinellas County in two decades.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is working with community health care partners to identify and notify persons who were potentially exposed to measles. The department encourages all residents and visitors who have not been immunized to get vaccinated.

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“We continue to encourage parents to fully vaccinate their children,” said DOH-Pinellas Director Dr. Ulyee Choe, an infectious disease specialist. “Measles is a highly contagious disease that can have serious complications for babies and children. No cases had been reported in Pinellas for two decades because of the vaccine that prevents it.”