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State urging vaccinations as tourists with measles pass through

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Local officials are urging vaccinations as four tourists with measles have come through Florida.

Local officials are urging vaccinations as four tourists with measles have come through Florida.

Four international travelers have come through Florida with the measles, health officials announced this weekend.

Local officials are urging vaccination after a California-based outbreak infected more than 100 people with measles.

Central Florida hasn’t seen a confirmed case of measles since 2013, but that doesn’t mean officials aren’t keeping a sharp eye.

Orange County Health Department spokesman Dain Weister said health officials track and monitor people exposed to a disease like measles to contain an outbreak.

“Certainly what’s different here is that we’re constantly in communications with theme parks and travel destinations, and a lot of those places have their own health care staff,” Weister said.

People with measles are contagious for four days before they develop the tell-tale rash. Officials said 93 percent of kindergartners have gotten the vaccine in Florida.

Measles was eradicated in 2000 in the U.S., but the disease has made a comeback.


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About Abe Aboraya

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Abe Aboraya started writing for newspapers in High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe ... Read Full Bio »