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Apr 27, 2015

02:50:46 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA


EDIS Number: BH-20150421-47875-USA
Date / time: 21/04/2015 03:47:22 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Florida
Location: [Indian River County]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 3 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Two unvaccinated adults have tested positive for measles in Indian River County, bringing the total of confirmed Treasure Coast cases to three. The Indian River County Health Department said one of the adults contracted measles while in a different country and spread it to another adult in their household when they returned home. Officials will not disclose any additional details, including which country the measles patient visited, how or when they traveled there, and exactly where the adults live in the county. Indian River County Director of Nursing Rose Parker said the investigation is ongoing. "We visit the individuals, talk to them, interviews determine where they've been since the exposure, with whom they may have come in contact with," Parker said. Parker said it's crucial for parents to get their children immunized and to also make sure they're immunized themselves."If you're not sure, contact your health care provider," Parker said. Last week, health officials in St. Lucie County announced a 6-year-old student at Fairlawn Elementary School tested positive. Parker would not confirm whether or not they believe the Indian River County cases are connected. The 6-year-old girl was not vaccinated because she had a waiver. Health officials said if an unvaccinated student is believed to have possibly been exposed to someone with measles, the health department can tell the parent to keep the child home for 21 days.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 1 on 2015-04-25 at 02:50:04.

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