Measles is highly contagious. It is spread easily through coughing. A person infected with measles can give 9 out of 10 people measles simply by coughing or sneezing around them. That is a 90% probability of infecting other people….if those people are NOT immunized.
The Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health have issued new warnings and guidelines for MEASLES. They recommend everyone be up-to-date on their measles vaccine, which is usually given in combination with mumps and rubella in the MMR vaccine. They especially recommend verifying immunity or getting vaccinated if you are traveling abroad. Evidence of measles immunity is either being born before 1957, TWO doses of live measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV, or laboratory confirmation of a measles TITER.
There have been no documented cases of measles in the state of Florida as of today. But if the rate of this current outbreak progresses as expected, we will have more cases of measles that last year. The symptoms of measles include a generalized body rash accompanied with a high fever. There is always an accompanying cough, coryza(swollen, red weeping nasal membranes) and red, inflamed eyes(conjunctivitis). The incubation period from the time you are exposed and manifest symptoms can be 10-21 days.