An unvaccinated child in Florida has tested positive for the measles virus, the Florida Department of Health confirmed on Tuesday.
Although health officials have not released any personal information about the child or their family, who live in Miami-Dade County, the entire department is working hard to make sure this case doesn’t turn into a deadly outbreak.
"Measles is a very serious disease," Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip said, according to Local 10 News. "The best way to protect yourself and others against measles is to get vaccinated. This case serves as a reminder for all residents to check their immunization records or contact their primary care provider's office to make sure they are up to date on the measles vaccine, as well as all recommended vaccines."
Because measles is airborne, it can easily be spread through coughing, sneezing, or even just breathing.
Telltale signs of the measles virus include fever, runny nose, red eyes, cough, and sore throat. According to health officials, the only way to truly prevent a measles outbreak is to make sure that every child gets vaccinated.