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Measles Remains a Threat in Hawaii Despite No Recent Cases: State Epidemiologist Encourages Vigilance Amid Rising Global Cases

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 7, 2024
Stay Alert and Get Vaccinated Against Measles, Health Department Advises

Hawaii remains at risk of measles outbreaks despite not reporting any recent cases, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble. She emphasized the importance of staying vigilant as measles cases continue to rise in the U.S. and worldwide.

As of February 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 41 measles cases in 16 U.S. states, including California, Florida, and New York City. The Hawaii Department of Health has issued an advisory to local health care providers to be alert for potential cases as measles continues to spread globally.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms usually start with fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes, followed by a rash of tiny red spots that spread from the head to the rest of the body.

Measles can lead to serious health complications, especially in young children, pregnant individuals, and those with weakened immune systems. The best way to prevent measles is by getting vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Before traveling internationally, DOH recommends infants aged 6-11 months receive one dose of MMR vaccine, while children aged 1 and older, teens

By Samantha Johnson

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