The Florida Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child in Pinellas County.
Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing.
In 2017, a total of 14,451 measles cases were reported across 30 nations in Europe - more than three times the number reported in 2016, according to a surveillance update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an agency of the European Union. Symptoms typically show up 10 to 14 days after exposure. A red or reddish-brown rash also appears, first on the face at the hairline and spreading down to the entire body.More news: England cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray over street fight
Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.
In children with acute disease, the standard treatment is administration of vitamin A. If you are concerned or anxious about having contracted measles, the appropriate step is to contact your physician or emergency room and notify the staff that you are anxious about measles so they can put necessary precautions into place.
He was not surprised though to hear about a measles outbreak because they are seeing rising rates of people not vaccinating their child. Worldwide, about 20 million people get measles each year, according to the agency.
The measles vaccine - known as the MMR or measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - is very effective.