Health officials notifying people who may have had contact with measles patient: WVUE-Fox 8


Health officials are reaching out to certain WWE fans who may have come in contact with a British tourist who was hospitalized with measles last weekend, FOX 8 reports.

A source told FOX 8 that the tourist with measles attended the WWE Hall of Fame Event at the Smoothie King Center last Friday. State health officials are asking wrestling fans who attended the event to monitor their symptoms.

Kelly Zimmerman, a spokesperson for the Department of Health said that in the course of a public health investigation, the department notifies those who can help in the investigation.

“We notify the general public only when it is clinically appropriate. Our agency has been working to investigate where the patient visited. We are working to identify and notify those who may have come in contact with the patient and we are helping those individuals follow proper precautions to ensure their health and safety,” she said in an emailed statement. 

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can spread quickly among people who have not been vaccinated. In extreme cases, it can lead to hospitalization and even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles symptoms appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. It typically begins with high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. After three to five days a rash breaks out and usually begins as flat red spots.

FOX 8 reported that health authorities in England are also contacting passengers who traveled on the same flights as the tourist with measles. He was hospitalized on Saturday and tested positive for measles on Sunday in New Orleans.

Click here to read the full report on FOX 8.

Maria Clark writes about health, doctors, patients and healthcare in Louisiana for NOLA.com | The Times Picayune and NOLA Mundo. Reach her at mclark@nola.com or 504.258.5306. Or follow her on Twitter at @MariaPClark1 .



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