Residents, tourists urged to get vaccinated after measles case reported in Florida

The Florida Department of Health (DOH-Orange) in Orange County is urging residents and tourists visiting the state to get vaccinated after a measles case was reported.

"Although measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States in 2000, the disease has reappeared in recent months in the form of outbreaks in several states," wrote DOH-Orange in a press release.

According to the release, as of April 17, 2019, one measles case was reported in Florida. It does not list the exact location.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, spread through the air by breathing, coughing and/or sneezing. 

The Florida Department of Health says that symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and rash. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor. 

"Adults should be vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR vaccine, with a second dose recommended for those at higher risk such as international travelers and health care workers. People with underlying health conditions should discuss with their health care provider to determine the need for additional booster doses."

There have been at least 555 confirmed cases in 20 states. New York City has gone as far as to issue a mandatory measles vaccination order and shut down several schools to prevent spreading the disease.