The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County reported that four children in the community have been diagnosed with measles.

According to a report in the Herald-Tribune, these children have “close contact to each other” and none of them were vaccinated against the disease, which is easily spread by air droplets that are pushed out into the immediate vicinity of others when the infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.

Measles should be taken seriously. The medical community warns that measles — which eventually take the form of a blotchy rash that can run head to toe — can bring on pneumonia, encephalitis and even death.