Protecting yourself from measles

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The measles is an airborne disease that is highly contagious.

Florida Health Department officials say there have already been two confirmed cases in the state. Both people infected were not vaccinated.

Those cases were not in the Northwest Florida area, but high risk factors include international travel and contact with someone who has an outbreak.

Now Florida Health officials are drawing special attention to the symptoms.

When you're looking to identify the measles, typical symptoms are a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, a rash typically starting at the hairline and moves down, a cough, and conjunctivitis; an infection in the eye.

If you think you might have any of these symptoms it's important to isolate yourself and call your care provider. You don't want to just show up to the doctors office because again this is an airborne disease and you could infect many other people.

Health officials do recommend one thing to protect yourself.

"You vigilant in your efforts to get your vaccinations and if you don't then things like this happen. It crops up from time to time. Other parts of the world, outside of the United States, are not as vigilant with their vaccinations, and it's very important," said Interim Health Officer with Florida Department of Health Sandon Speedling.

Health officials also say one dose of the measles vaccine is 93% effective and two doses are 97% effective in preventing the measles.

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