During the week of August 12-18, Florida Health confirmed three cases of measles in Pinellas County.
Measles is a highly contagious disease. In the case the three Pinellas residents, none of them ever received the MMR vaccine, the immunization that protects you from measles, mumps, and rubella.
“Measles is the most contagious infectious disease out there,” said Dr. Stephanie Stovall, pediatric infectious disease specialist.
“If you come in close contact with someone who’s sneezing, coughing or even breathing hard you’re very likely to get measles if you’re non-immune,” said Dr. Stovall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines an outbreak as three or more linked cases. As of Aug.24, 2018, the CDC reported a total of nine outbreaks .
In Florida, the number of reported cases of measles was less than 10 since 2010 .
However, the confirmed 124 cases of measles in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The following states were on the list:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
Similar to the residents in Pinellas County, the majority of people who were diagnosed with measles were not vaccinated.
Although measles is rare in the United States, the disease is common in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific.
Additional reporting by Antoniette Meyer