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Health Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautionary Measures to Avoid Measles

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The Florida Department of Health has confirmed three cases of measles in neighboring counties; measles is a very serious respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease is highly contagious and can spread to others who are unvaccinated.

"Measles is a very serious disease," said Heidar Heshmati, MD, Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Director. "It is important for everyone to contact their doctor and make sure they have received the measles vaccination to protect themselves and others."

The department encourages all Floridians who have not been immunized to get vaccinated immediately. Vaccinations are available through the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County or doctor's office for little or no cost.