Hawaii health officials monitoring Disneyland measles outbreak

California health officials are warning people who aren’t vaccinated against measles to stay away from Disneyland.

More measles cases are now linked to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.

And Hawaii health officials are keeping a close eye on what’s happening on the mainland.

“Many of our residents go to Disneyland.  It’s a popular place for people go to especially if you have keiki, right?  Right now we’re monitoring the situation.  Just like we’re monitoring the flu situation, we’re monitoring this situation and hoping we don’t have any fallout or association with that outbreak,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said.

Several months ago, there were more than a dozen measles cases across Hawaii.  They were not linked to the Disney theme parks.

So far, health officials say there are no cases in Hawaii connected to this latest outbreak.

“Measles in the state of Hawaii and many other states, in Hawaii it’s considered an urgent notifiable disease.  That means even if a clinician even suspects they have a case of measles on their hands they need to pick up the phone and call us,” Park said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person.

Symptoms include a rash, fever and coughing.  They usually appear 7 to 21 days after catching it.

The best way to prevent getting sick from measles is to get vaccinated.

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