Measles case reported to DOH, visitors and Floridians asked to get vaccinated

Measles case reported to DOH, visitors and Floridians asked to get vaccinated

Measles case reported to DOH, visitors and Floridians asked to get vaccinated

The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization.

The following message was sent to Orthodox shuls in NY and NJ last week at the request of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, and we now share it with the broader community. The male individual was unknowingly carrying the measles virus during his travels, exposing all of those people in his path.

Health officials say severe cases of the highly contagious illness can cause children to go blind or deaf and they predict we could see the highest number of cases in decades. People who had the two-dose MMR vaccines are said to be protected against measles for life with 97 percent efficacy.

The department said measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.

The current NY outbreak is hitting the area's Orthodox Jewish communities especially hard.

Dr. Camille Sabella with Cleveland Clinic Children's says because we've done a good job vaccinating against measles it's easy for people to think the danger doesn't exist anymore.

The Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, while reacting to the increasing cases of measles globally said children were the most affected in the measles outbreak globally. These symptoms can include a awful rash, a fever, and body aches.

TDH urges all Tennesseans to ensure they are up-to date on MMR vaccine.

Even if you are up-to-date with your measles vaccination, watch for symptoms of measles until May 6, 2019.

For more information about measles visit or contact York Region Public Health's measles information line at 1-877-464-9675 ext. The suspected case involved a patient near State College. Symptoms usually appear about 10 to 12 days after a person has been around someone with measles. Officials told passengers and crew members to watch for symptoms and report them immediately to health care professionals.

The flight attendant who contracted measles on a flight from New York City may have suffered brain damage - and her condition is worsening, according to a report Thursday.

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