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Health Department confirms second case of measles on Oahu

Boy, 2, contracts measles from baby

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:36 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2014

The Health Department confirmed Tuesday that a previously unvaccinated 2-year-old has contracted measles on Oahu apparently from an 11-month-old baby who caught the disease on a trip to the Philippines.

The toddler was exposed to the disease Feb. 7 while visiting a local pediatrician's office at the same time as the baby who later turned out to be infected, according to Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. She did not disclose the location of the doctor's office.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and anyone who is not vaccinated is at risk. Patients are contagious starting four days before the onset of the measles rash.

Symptoms of measles include a blotchy, red rash, fever, cough and runny nose, according to the Health Department. They tend to appear about 14 days after a person is infected.

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Oio wrote:
Contagious diseases are very scary! When I used to catch TheBus, whenever someone sneezed or coughed, I'd hold my breath as long as I could and then exhale really, really hard. Nuts!
on February 25,2014 | 05:09PM
Tony91 wrote:
It's unfortunate that ignorance and faux-science has gained a foothold and created a generation of people who have unwisely chosen not to vaccinate their children. In another time, it would have been considered child abuse or neglect to not vaccinate. It is so sad that children will have contract these archaic diseases to learn their lesson. Who would have thought in the 21st century this would be happening.
on February 25,2014 | 06:22PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Tony, agree.
on February 25,2014 | 11:42PM
W_Williams wrote:
In the 50's we caught them all: chicken pox, measles, mumps and rubella. I don't remember being in danger from any of them. I just remember that it took so long to get well. Good thing our mom was at home with us. (She was called a housewife in those days.) Who has the luxury of staying home to take care of kids today? If a child can be spared the misery of those ailments, why not immunize? Unless you are one of these modern moms who have reviewed all the "research" and have concluded that immunizations cause...you name it. Then you can panic when your child has the measles/mumps, chicken pox, rubella, and you can stay home and take care of said child.
on February 25,2014 | 08:26PM
Skyler wrote:
Why are they not disclosing the office? You'd think it would be helpful, eh?
on February 25,2014 | 10:00PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Skyler, no I don't think it'd be helpful. Both infected children's parents, not the doctor's staff, should be held accountable, unless the staff was notified of the infected child's condition and did not take precautions to safeguard the other patients. The 2 year old's parents are also irresponsible, for not vaccinating their toddler. I can't see why disclosing the office and ruining the doctor's business would be helpful. It's not like the office is infectious and needs to be avoided.
on February 25,2014 | 11:40PM
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