Measles case reported in Broward County

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Broward County had reported a case of measles according to the Sun-Sentinel the Department of Health Broward said the local case is an adult who acquired measles from outside the United States.

In an alert to healthcare providers, the health department said the disease is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing and can be spread four days before the first symptom appears. It is requesting measles testing for anyone who presents with a combination of symptoms.

In 2018, a total of 15 Florida residents and four visitors with measles spent time in the state while infectious.

The Florida Department of Health says because of the generally high vaccination rates, measles in Florida is rare but occurs every year and is most often associated with international travel.

The news comes just days after a New York county banned unvaccinated minors from public places to fight a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since October.

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