EP206: Florida's Fourth Estate -- Measles

News 6 anchors Ginger Gadsden and Matt Austin talk measles in the most recent installment of Florida's Fourth Estate.

ORLANDO, Fla. – On this episode of Florida’s Fourth Estate, the Easter Bunny delivers some punches to one of his peeps.

Also, a Florida man allegedly stabs his nephew for taking too long in the bathroom.  

Plus the “Floridiot Of The Week” and we ask the question, "Why is measles so contagious?"

Dr. Al Mireles, with Nemours Children's Hospital, explained to Ginger and Matt what makes measles so dangerous.

"It's a virus that is very aggressive. The reason I say it's aggressive is because it invades you without you knowing that it is in there," Mireles said.

People who are infected won't know they are contiguous due to the incubation period, according to Mireles. Up to five days before patients become sick and develop the rash associated with measles they can transmit the infection to others.

"Initially you think you have a cold, a little congestion or nasal problem then the rash appears and it's a very dramatic rash from head to toe and it look like red welts and it can make you pretty sick," Mireles said.


About the Authors:

Emmy Award-winning anchor Matt Austin joined the News 6 team in June 2011 and has been the evening news co-anchor since December 2013.

Ginger Gadsden joined the News 6 team in June 2014 as an anchor/reporter. She currently co-anchors the 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and the 7 p.m. newscasts.