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Lawmaker calls for removal of Florida Surgeon General in wake of rising measles cases

<i>WFOR via CNN Newsource</i><br/>Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is calling for the removal of State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
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Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is calling for the removal of State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo.

By Ted Scouten

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    WESTON, Florida (WFOR) — Parents at Manatee Bay Elementary learned there are now seven cases of measles at school.

“It makes me a little concerned,” said Parent Demi Cavanaugh. “So my daughter’s fully vaccinated. My son can’t get his second one until he is 4 and he is high risk for a lot of other issues.”

She is worried.

“It’s so easily transmitted that it’s scary how fast it’s going up,” she said.

In all, there are now nine confirmed cases of measles in Broward, which includes seven at Manatee Bay and two others in the community.

“The individual impacted by this latest case has not physically been on campus since February 15th, therefore the infectious period of 21 days remains unchanged, March 7th,” said Broward School Superintendent Dr. Peter Licata.

Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz represents Weston in Congress and lives here. She’s calling for the removal of State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo.

“Surgeon General Ladapo is a misinformation super spreader,” she said. “I’m calling for his immediate termination.”

Ladapo has made controversial comments about vaccines in the past. He sent a letter to Manatee Bay parents permitting them to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak, by “deferring the decision to keep children home from school to parents or guardians.” His letter contradicts advice from the CDC and doctors.

“This dangerous MAGA policy is what’s led the highest ranking health official in our state to issue measles outbreak guidance that did not declare an emergency, did not discuss, recommend or require vaccinations and did not require quarantining potentially exposed children,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Dr. Mary Jo Trepka is the Chair of Epidemiology at Florida International University. Standing with Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz, she recommended getting kids vaccinated, warning of potential danger.

“Measles is a very serious disease that causes hospitalization on average in about one in five people, brain damage in one in 1,000 people and death in one in 1,000 people,” she said.

According to the school district, 33 students at Manatee Bay Elementary remain unvaccinated.

We reached out to the Surgeon General’s office as well as Governor DeSantis but have not heard back.

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