According to reports out of New Orleans, a UK tourist who attended the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony over the weekend has been diagnosed with a case of measles.
Per PWInsider's Mike Johnson, WGNO-TV in Louisiana is reporting that a WWE fan who was visiting New Orleans for WrestleMania and was hospitalized this past Saturday has tested positive for the measles.The disease is highly contagious if one has not been immunized against it.
Furthermore, WVUE-TV FOX channel 8's Allen Henry is reporting that the fan was in attendance at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at the Smoothie King Center this past Friday before being admitted to the hospital the next day.
It is currently unknown what (if any) other events the fan may have attended, where the fan stayed, etc. ABC affiliate WAFB reported that officials are currently trying to trace his steps over the course of the weekend.
Given the amount of fans who were interacting with each other while traveling to, within and from New Orleans over the past week, obviously this could be a story that has great ramifications, depending on whether it turns out anyone else caught the disease.
It is important to note that symptoms of the measles typically begin appearing 7-14 days after someone comes in contact with the infected. Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes and are followed with a rash and tiny white spots (dubbed Koplik spots) possibly appearing inside the mouth. For more on symptoms, click here for the CDC website's measles page.
To read the Louisiana Department of Health's announcement about the hospitalization, click here.
Authorities are making notifications to those in attendance of the issue, and are advising attendees of the health risk. Here is a tweet of the story: