Three more measles cases confirmed in Hawaii

Three more measles cases confirmed in Hawaii
Three more measles cases confirmed in Hawaii

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) in Honolulu recently confirmed one measles case on Maui and two cases on Kauai.

Two other patients were diagnosed with measles in Hawaii in February. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded 594 measles cases in 22 states since January.

“Measles is highly contagious, spreading through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing, and infecting 90 percent of the contacts who are not immune,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Y. Park said.

All three of the measles patients are young adults who did not receive their vaccinations for measles. They each recently traveled to the Philippines, Indonesia or Malaysia, though their travel histories are different.

“Measles outbreaks continue to occur both internationally and on the mainland, especially in areas where vaccination is declining,” Park said. “As travel increases during the holiday season, so does our chance of seeing more cases.”

Experts report that the most effective way to avoid contracting measles is through vaccination. Doctors and Hawaii’s DOH encourage people to receive their immunizations regularly.

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