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The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child. The infection was acquired locally and the source has not been identified. DOH-Pinellas 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.

Measles is a virus that is easily spread by air droplets when infected persons breathe, cough, or sneeze. The first symptoms are a high fever that may spike to 105°F, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. These symptoms are followed by a blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the feet. Measles is a potentially severe disease, especially young children and persons with compromised immune systems. Complications can include pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

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