Dept. of Health issues measles health advisory in Broward County

Four elementary school students were confirmed to have transmitted the virus by Sunday.

Florida health officials are issuing a measles health advisory in Broward County after the Broward School District confirmed multiple cases of the virus at a Weston elementary school.

Florida Department of Health Broward (DOH-Broward) announced on Sunday that it is investigating the cases, which occurred at Manatee Bay Elementary School late last week.

There are four confirmed cases so far, according to NBC 6.

“DOH-Broward is continuously working with all partners, including Broward County Public Schools and local hospitals, to identify contacts that are at risk of transmission,” the DOH-Broward alert said. “Health care providers in the area have been notified.”

The most prominent symptom of measles is a rash that commonly spreads on the face and neck and can spread to other parts of the body. Other symptoms include high fever, runny nose, cough, eye agitation and tiny, white Koplik spots inside the mouth.

DOH-Broward is asking residents who suspect or notice symptoms to contact their health care provider to seek medical attention and avoid exposing anyone else.

The (limited) spread of measles in Florida’s second-most populous county suggests parents either lied about immunizing their children or forwent the safeguard before enrolling them in public school.

Each child enrolled in a public school must provide a Florida Certification of Immunization documenting their vaccinations, including the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which is extremely effective at preventing the disease.

However, Florida allows exemptions for religious and medical reasons.

In the U.S. in 2022, there were 121 cases of measles reported by six jurisdictions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That figure fell steeply last year to 58 cases across 20 U.S. jurisdictions, including Florida.

Of those cases, one person died.

Twenty measles cases were reported in 11 jurisdictions by Feb. 15 this year.

At Manatee Bay Elementary, 85 of 1,067 students are unvaccinated, Broward Schools Chief Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer John Sullivan told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

He declined to share the infected students’ vaccination status.

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus. If one person has it, the CDC said, up to 90% of unvaccinated people close to that person will also be infected — unless they’re vaccinated.

Health complications from the virus include diarrhea and vomiting, ear infection, bronchitis, laryngitis, croup, pneumonia, encephalitis and pregnancy problems.

According to the Mayor Clinic, babies born to a mother who received the vaccine or who are already immune because they caught the virus are usually protected from measles for about six months after birth. After that, health care experts recommend they receive full vaccination.

Jesse Scheckner

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  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    February 18, 2024 at 7:09 pm

    Good evening Sage Florida Patriots,
    Relax your Sohincters:
    This measels information is from THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. And can be trusted.

    It is not a situation like that entire Covid Hoax from the Lying Leftist FEDERAL GOVORNMENT.

    Thank you Sage Florida Patriots,

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      February 18, 2024 at 7:15 pm

      ….. dont be discombulated Sage Patriots just because I, Earl Pitts American, accidently mis-spelled the word “Sphincter” in my above post of Sage Wisdom.
      You are all indeed free to “Relax Your Sphincters”.
      Glad I was able to clear that up for you all.
      Earl Pitts American

      • rick whitaker

        February 19, 2024 at 2:15 pm

        earl (gary burbank aka billy purser ), does your wife carol approve of all your posts about sphincters, shit, and racism. if i was obsessed with all that sexual perversion, my wife would replace me. i know that in the maga world to be a sex freak is a thing, but come on man, you’re in your 80’s

  • Nazis in Orlando Feb 17

    February 18, 2024 at 7:15 pm

    “Sad to report that Nazi scum and losers are back in Winter Park, holding their disgusting flags and banner. Working with local officials to see what options we have for accountability,” posted Rep. Anna V. Eskamani to social media on Saturday.
    The group, photographed by a constituent of Eskamani’s, was brandishing a Nazi flag, a Confederate battle flag, and signs that appeared to say “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” and “Jews love genocide.”

    The Florida Highway Patrol is said to be responding to this incident, and we will update if we get more information.
    Purported Nazi demonstrations have been on the uptick of late, with increased brazenness and visibility of the groups in Central Florida and elsewhere.
    They were seen last summer near Disney World. In 2022, a group of neo-Nazis lined a bridge in eastern Orange County, hanging the swastika flag and banners — including a banner with the pro-Donald Trump slogan “Let’s Go Brandon” — and yelling profanities and antisemitic slurs at passing cars.
    We have reached out to the Governor’s Office for comment. Of course, the Governor’s political operation has been dealing with seemingly avoidable controversies regarding neo-Nazis for some time.
    In a tweet posted after the 2022 incident and later deleted, former Gov. Ron DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw responded to Twitter outrage over the Orlando Nazi demonstration by asking, “Do we even know they’re Nazis?”

    Earl, it is you, isn’t it on the left of the slaver’s flag? Smile.

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      February 18, 2024 at 7:25 pm

      Good evening Sage Florida Patriots,
      That post of Dook 4 Brains Leftism (just above this post) is an example of someone who truley needs to relax his/her sphincter tonight now more than ever.
      Hey Postet Above: try tightening and relaxing your sphincter … hold it tight for 10 seconds … relax your sphincter for 10 seconds … for 30 minutes … I promise you will 1.) Thank me and 2.) sleep in heavenly peace tonight without dooking in your pajamas this time as well as no longer being an evil nazi when you awaken in the mornting.
      Thank you and good night, Earl Pitts American

      • George

        February 18, 2024 at 9:07 pm

        No more Nazis in Orlando? You going home?

      • rick whitaker

        February 19, 2024 at 2:07 pm


    • mike

      February 19, 2024 at 7:56 pm

      You have some real mental problems.

  • Hamas Earl Makes Spelling Look Harder Than It Is

    February 18, 2024 at 7:35 pm

    That’s a ‘yes’ from Hamas Earl…

    ‘Truley’, it is.

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      February 18, 2024 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you Miss Grundy, My, Earl Pitts American’s, 10th grade English teacher. I still love you and thank you for chastizing me when I make another error in my spelling.
      Miss Grundy I, Earl Pitts American, feel like I could use a little “Spelling Reinforcement” tonight. I will put on The Chickin Suit if you put on the new babydoll nighty plus the hose & heels I’ve laid out tonight. Oh and we will need your spanking paddle, your handcuffs, and that box of “marital aids” too. Dont forget the KY.
      Thank you Miss Grundy,
      Earl Pitts “Your Favorite Student” American
      ps: bring some condoms too, Earl

      • rick whitaker

        February 19, 2024 at 2:05 pm


  • George

    February 18, 2024 at 9:05 pm

    Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo is debating whether to recommend hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectine to combat the outbreak. Gov DeSantis is checking on availability in Canada.

  • Beth

    February 24, 2024 at 1:47 am

    DeSantis finally accomplished something, he brought measles back. Ladapo should have had his medical license revoked years ago. Two ignorant fools.

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