Infant returns to Oahu after catching measles

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii public health officials are concerned people may contract the measles after an Oahu infant returned from the Philippines with the disease.

The state Department of Health said Thursday the baby is hospitalized and recovering. But the child was infectious while traveling and while visiting health care providers.

Measles is highly contagious. It's spread by direct contact with mucus from the nose and throat and by airborne respiratory droplets.

State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park encourages those who suspect they have the disease to call their doctor immediately and isolate themselves to contain the illness.

Symptoms include blotchy red rash, fever, cough and runny nose. Victims may also have red, watery eyes and report feeling achy and run down.

People who haven't been vaccinated are at greatest risk for catching measles.

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