Sixth Measles Case Detected In FL School Amid Outbreak

February 22, 2024

Parents of children who aren’t immune need to be very vigilant now that we know measles is in our community.

Chief medical officer at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Florida, Dr. Ronald Ford, after a FL school district confirmed a sixth case of measles only days after the first case in the district was reported.

Why It Matters: The news out of Florida follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent update on measles cases in 2024, which noted a total of 20 cases across 11 states, as of Thursday, Feb. 15. The additional cases in Florida add concern about an increasing number of cases, and come about a month after the CDC warned healthcare providers tobe on alert for patients with measles amid increased cases worldwide.

Big Picture: Measles is highly contagious, spreading “through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” the CDC explains, adding that the vaccine given for measles is highly effective. Measles has the potential to be dangerous, especially for young children and babies; symptoms include a runny nose, cough, fever, red eyes, and a rash.

Read More: Florida elementary school confirms 6th case of measles amid outbreak (Fox News)

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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas