Officials said Sunday that both patients live in the same household. One acquired measles internationally, and the second acquired the case at home on central Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It can spread through the air, and the virus can survive up to two hours on surfaces or in a room where an infected person was coughing or sneezing. Symptoms including a rash, fever and coughing generally begin roughly seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles.
Indian River County Health Department Administrator Miranda Hawker urges all residents and visitors who have not been immunized to get vaccinated.