WA children spread measles to Hawaii

WA children spread measles to Hawaii
CDC/ Heinz F. Eichenwald, MD
Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, the CDC said.

Two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in unvaccinated children who traveled to Hawaii from Washington state.

Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist for Hawaii, said Monday Washington public health officials told her office that the family had been exposed to measles as part of the ongoing outbreak in the southwestern part of Washington.

The Oregonian reports Park said public health officials went to see the family and advised them to remain in the home on the Big Island where they were staying unless they could show proof of vaccination. Park said the home was on a large and relatively isolated part of the Big Island.

The outbreak has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington since Jan. 1. Most of the patients are children under 10, who were unvaccinated.

One child has been hospitalized.

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