Measles case confirmed in Seminole County

Published On: Mar 11 2013 11:39:17 AM EDT   Updated On: Feb 28 2013 12:27:04 PM EST

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed a measles case in Seminole County.

Health officials said a 39-year-old woman has been diagnosed with the measles. Epidemiologists are notifying any and all facilities the patient visited during her infectious period.

Health officials are urging individuals to get the vaccination and adults born after 1957 should have at least one dose of measles vaccine, unless they have already had measles or the vaccine and are immune.

Children should be immunized against measles with the combination MMR vaccine. Children should receive two doses, with the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at four to six years of age.

According to health officials, the symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include:

  • Blotchy rash
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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)

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