It is important to know there are no known cases of measles in Louisiana, but a recent outbreak in other parts of the country has sparked some questions about the measles illness and vaccination. Dr. Michael Bolton, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, answers your questions and stresses the importance of getting the vaccination.
1. What are the measles and how is it spread? Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness that can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Measles is spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterward.