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January 1, Measles Outbreak Spreads in Florida School, Sixth Case Confirmed

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A recent outbreak of measles has been reported in a Florida school district, with the sixth case being confirmed at Manatee Bay Elementary School in Weston. This news comes shortly after the Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced that a third-grade student from the same school had tested positive for the infection last Friday.

John Sullivan, the chief communications and legislative affairs officer for Broward County Public Schools, confirmed the new case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Broward County Public Schools to six. “We expect to receive further guidance from the Florida Department of Health tomorrow and will continue to keep the school and its families updated with the latest information,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan refrained from providing any specific details about the infected students, such as their grade, age, sex, or race/ethnicity. He did, however, assure that “The District is maintaining close coordination with the Health Department to address this ongoing situation.”

In an attempt to prevent further spread of the disease, the District took additional measures over the weekend. “Over the weekend, the District took further preventive measures by conducting a deep cleaning of the school premises and replacing its air filters,” Sullivan added.

The source of the infection remains unclear, as the first reported patient did not have a history of travel. The DOH is still investigating how the infection reached the school. Attempts to reach Sullivan and Broward County Schools for further comment by Fox News Digital have so far been unsuccessful.

Weston, the location of the affected school, is situated in Broward County, about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of February 15, a total of 20 measles cases have been reported in 11 states: Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The resurgence of measles is not confined to the U.S. alone. U.K. health officials urged parents to schedule their children for missed measles, mumps, and rubella shots after witnessing a significant increase in the number of measles cases. Last year, over 200 confirmed measles cases were reported in England, with most cases occurring in children under 10 years old.

This surge in measles cases comes as a surprise, as the disease was declared eliminated in the U.K. in 2017. According to the World Health Organization and the CDC, global measles deaths spiked by more than 40% last year.

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases and usually spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, and a distinctive rash.

Why It Matters (op-ed)

The recent measles outbreak in a Florida school district is yet another alarming example of the consequences of the dangerous anti-vaccine movement. This preventable disease was declared eliminated in 2000, but thanks to misinformation and misguided beliefs, it’s making a comeback.

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are not only putting their own kids at risk but also endangering the lives of others. It’s high time for the government to step in and enforce stricter vaccination laws to ensure public safety.

The resurgence of measles is a stark reminder that we cannot afford to be complacent about vaccines, and we must fight against the spread of misinformation to protect our communities.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Nunya Bidness

    February 23, 2024 at 7:20 pm

    Really? Is it the “anti-vaxxers” to blame, or the millions of 3rd world peasants that we have allowed to overrun the nation?

  2. 1PatriotForever

    February 23, 2024 at 7:54 pm

    Its another GUVMUNT assault on the Citizens of this country

  3. Rick Lanham

    February 23, 2024 at 7:59 pm

    didn’t we all get this when we were kids/

  4. Curt Connors

    February 23, 2024 at 8:13 pm

    “Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are not only putting their own kids at risk but also endangering the lives of others. It’s high time for the government to step in and enforce stricter vaccination laws to ensure public safety.”

    I’m sure that it has nothing to do with millions of illegals flooding into our country! Did you even bother to mention that little fact?

    No. Seems like you’d rather parrot the government talking points.

  5. DiYi

    February 23, 2024 at 8:22 pm

    Perhsps if the promoted covid vaccines had actually been safe and effective, you wouldn’t have the resulting fear of other vaccines.

    • Gayle Johnson

      February 23, 2024 at 11:03 pm

      First, let me address the effectiveness of the Covid vaccine. In 2021 there were over 3.7 million covid related deaths in the US. In 2022, when approximately 81& of the US was vaccinated, the death rate dropped to around 244,000. Sounds kind of effective to me. Second, shouldm any anti-vaxxers actually come out of their fox/newsmax coma and do a little research into the history of the effectiveness of vaccines in fighting deadly diseases, let me ask you this – when was the last time we had a major outbreak of typhoid, tuberculosis, measle, mumps, rubella or polio in the US? Any guesses as to why you haven’t. OK. I’ll admit advances in cleanliness helped. But the main reason is because we developed vaccines to combat these diseases, and in many cases the vaccines were mandated. By the year 2000 these diseases were basically eradicated in the US. Polio had almost completely disappeared around the world. But now, thanks to anti-vaxxers and their selfish, ignorance, many of these diseases are making a comeback. When those diseases were common here, they were deadly, at worst, and disabling at best. And now anti-vaxxers have opened the door to them once again

      • Bret

        February 24, 2024 at 6:59 am

        And all of the studies that show after effects of the vaccine. And the fact that vaccine takers continued to get covid again. And after most of America had covid of course the numbers went down. That would be called natural Immunity It was fun watching the Biden administration talk about the vaccine’s effectiveness as they all continued to catch covid again. Maybe they never really received the vaccine. Like they knew better. But you know, get the vaccine and live. Government help us , we are all going to die And let’s not forget how the leftist in the government raged against the “Trump” vaccine until it became the Biden vaccine.

      • Bret

        February 24, 2024 at 7:06 am

        No one is questioning the effectiveness of the early vaccines, measles and polio etc. Using the past vaccines has no basis for the effectiveness of the Covid vaccines. Try expanding your reading beyond government propaganda and main stream media propaganda. (The sane). But you are part of the insane left who believe that government is all knowing. Enjoy your god, the government.

      • KLS

        February 24, 2024 at 7:59 am

        Nothing wrong with tried and true vaccines, although I managed to survive measles, chickenpox, etc. because vaccines hadn’t been invented yet.
        BUT Covid “vaccines” are nothing more than an experiment, and the deaths,etc., that occurred BECAUSE of the vaccine more than justifies the reason not to endanger your life any further.

      • Jose Hernandez

        February 24, 2024 at 12:34 pm

        Hi Gayle,
        It would appear we were doing just fine until the border was opened to illegals and not requiring any form of vaccination or proof there of.
        Yet we punish American citizens Anti-vaxxers as you say for the rise in these diseases. Lets not state the obvious, but of course it would prove you wrong no doubt.

      • Bret

        February 24, 2024 at 5:10 pm

        No proof that vaccines stopped or eased covid Only news sources stating that as public figures the administration and others kept catching it. Just like covid death counting stopped when Biden took office. Using past vaccines as an example of effectiveness is not an argument. Nice try liberal.

  6. Christopher Corbett

    February 23, 2024 at 10:01 pm

    The government has zero business forcing ANYONE to inject ANYTHING into their bodies, EVER.

  7. TruthBTold

    February 23, 2024 at 11:15 pm

    No, the 6 case “outbreak” is a result of illegal immigration, or shedding during vaccination.
    Measles in children is relatively harmless, more serious in adults.

  8. captain blasto

    February 24, 2024 at 1:24 pm

    Measles? Oh no. What are we to do? Close the schools, businesses, Churches and tell people that they have to be 20 feet apart. You are not allowed to breathe in public. You can’t have calamine lotion. Get ready to get a mandated shot. What will happen when the mumps go around?

  9. captain blasto

    February 24, 2024 at 1:35 pm

    Six cases. 20 nationwide. PANDEMIC!

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