Additional measles cases have been confirmed in Hawaii, bringing the total to 11 cases reported during the past several weeks, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.


Four cases have been identified in Maui and six on Kauai and one on Oahu.

“Measles is highly contagious, spreading through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing, and infecting 90 percent of the contacts who are not immune” said Dr. Sarah Y. Park, state epidemiologist. “Measles outbreaks continue to occur both internationally and on the mainland, especially in areas where vaccination is declining. As travel increases during the holiday season, so does our chance of seeing more cases.”

“The bottom line is if you have not been vaccinated and if you have not had the disease, get vaccinated and protect those around you,” said Dr. Park.

Measles or rubeola, is an acute highly communicable viral disease that is characterized by Koplik spots in the cheek or tongue very early in the disease. A couple of days later a red blotchy rash appears first on the face, and then spreads, lasting 4-7 days. Other symptoms include fever, cough and red watery eyes. The patient may be contagious from four days prior to the rash appearance to four days after rash appearance.

The disease is more severe in infants and adults. Complications from measles which is reported in up to 20% of people infected include; seizurespneumonia, deafness and encephalitis. For more infectious disease news and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

Vaccination is the best protection against measles.