Health authorities are researching a conceivable new measles case on Maui; however say there are no “affirmed” cases so far for 2015.
Immunization Branch Chief for the Department of Health, Ronald Balajadia, tells Maui that the report is right now under scrutiny.
Maui Now was told by anonymous sources that the report was made at the Kaiser Maui Lani Clinic in Wailuku.
Laura Lott, director of community and public relations at Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi said “I can’t affirm extra instance of measles. Regardless of the possibility that I had become aware of it, we don’t discuss our patients because of protection laws,”
She added, “While I can’t impart data about particular patients, the CDC site has awesome data on the MMR antibody,”
In November, the center had set up a special portable measles treatment zone outside of the Maui Lani office. The transitory tent has subsequent to been brought down.
As per Balajadia, health authorities reported a total of 13 cases in Hawaiʻi: seven on Kauaʻi, four on Maui, and two on Oʻahu. The October cases, joined with the two reports affirmed in February of 2014, acquire the total cases Hawaiʻi to 15.
The state Department of Health says the manifestations of measles start around 14 days (range 7 to 21 days) after an infection and may show the following signs: smudged red rash; fever; cough; runny nose; red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis); and feeling rundown, achy (malaise).
An alternate sign is Koplik’s spots, which are not generally present, however show up as small white spots with somewhat blue white centers found inside the mouth.
In prior reports, state health authorities said measles is contagious to the point that it will contaminate 90% of the contacts who are not immune. The most ideal approach to forestall measles, health authorities prompt, is to get vaccinated.
The CDC site expresses that, “A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of MMR vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Getting MMR vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps or rubella. Most people who get MMR vaccine do not have any serious problems with it.”
Balajadia said, “The vaccine is very safe.” He continued saying, “We know that measles is out there; we know it can cause severe disease. We want to make sure people travelling are vaccinated, and that parents make sure their children are vaccinated.”