Health Alert: Confirmed case of measles in Orlando area

12:44 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - The Orlando area has a confirmed case of measles.

Orange County health officials said Thursday that a British tourist was diagnosed with the highly-contagious illness.

The patient was exposed to measles in the United Kingdom before taking a trip to Florida.

Health officials say the patient visited numerous tourist attractions in central Florida last week.

More Information: CDC's website on measles

They advise that anybody who develops a rash-like illness should seek medical care. 

According to the Florida Department of Health, symptoms generally begin seven to 14 days after a person is exposed and include:

  • Blotchy rash
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Feeling run down, achy
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth

Measles is rare in the United States but is still present in Europe, Asia and Africa. It is highly contagious among people who have not been vaccinated.

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