Florida urges vaccinations after 3 measles cases reported

Measles Outbreak
Posted at 3:18 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 15:18:00-04

MIAMI (AP) - Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against measles after three cases of the disease were reported in a Florida county, among more than 100 cases throughout the U.S. this year.

Federal officials declared the contagious virus had been eliminated in the U.S. in 2000; however, infections periodically occur nationwide, as the virus is still common in other parts of the world.

Travelers can bring measles into the country, where it can spread among people who aren't vaccinated.

The cases in Florida's Gulf coast county of Pinellas are the first there in 10 years.

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