Hawaii health officials investigate second measles case

Wahiawa General Hospital
Wahiawa General Hospital

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) says that a second case of measles has been confirmed on Oahu.

Health officials say a two-year-old came down with the measles after being exposed during a doctor's visit. It happened on Feb. 7 when the toddler went to Wahiawa General Hospital. Officials say that is the same hospital where the first case was reported. In that case, the infant had recently traveled to the Philippines and Guam and went to Wahiawa General for a red rash that turned out to be measles.

The Health Department is notifying others who may have been exposed. Symptoms could show up through March 16, when the incubation period ends.

Measles is spread through mucus. Besides the rash, symptoms include a fever, cough and runny nose. Possible complications can be severe.

DOH is encouraging everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated. People who suspect they have measles should call their doctor right away and isolate themselves from other people to help contain the spread of illness.

Hawaii's last measles cases were back in 2010.

For more information, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/home/imm/.

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