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In a warning to healthcare providers, the health department said the disease is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and may spread four days before the first symptom appears. It calls for measles testing for anyone presenting with a combination of symptoms.
In 2018, a total of 15 residents of Florida and four visitors with measles spent time in the state while infectious.
The Florida Department of Health says because of the generally high vaccination rates, measles in Florida are rare but occur every year and are most often associated with international travel.
The news comes just days after a New York country has banned unvaccinated minors from public places to fight a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since October.