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Measles Case Confirmed in Duval County

By Samantha Epstein

October 11, 2019

Contact: Samantha Epstein

Samantha.Epstein@flhealth.gov

904-253-2276

Parents urged to take action – ensure children are up-to-date on basic vaccinations.

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) has confirmed one measles case in an unimmunized child in Jacksonville, Florida.

DOH-Duval has sent a letter notifying any and all facilities the case(s) visited while infectious and encouraging facilities to also notify others who may have had contact with the child during that time. The Jacksonville medical community was also informed to be watchful of any rash-like illnesses in patients. Individuals who have received their routine measles vaccination, including most children, or those who had measles in the past, will have immunity to this disease. 

DOH-Duval encourages parents to get their children immunized against measles with the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. Children should receive two doses, with the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at four to six years of age.

The symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include:

  • Blotchy rash
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)

Measles spreads through the air by infectious droplets and is highly contagious. It can be transmitted four days before the rash is visible to four days after the rash is visible.

DOH-Duval provides measles and other routine vaccinations at the following sites:

South Jacksonville Immunization Center
3225 University Boulevard South Jacksonville, FL 32216

The Immunization Center
5322 North Pearl Street Jacksonville, FL 32208

For more information about measles and vaccination information, go to www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html or http://duval.floridahealth.gov/

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