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Health officials announce locations of public exposures to two new measles cases

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Local public health officials have confirmed measles infections in two siblings, an adult and a child, who were in several public locations during the time that they were contagious.

The siblings have been visiting from out of state and public health officials believe that they acquired measles outside of Washington State. The two cases confirmed today are unrelated to the measles case in a traveler to Sea-Tac airport that was confirmed in early July.

What to do if you were in locations of potential measles exposure

Because most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, the risk to the general public is low. In addition, outdoor exposure locations carry lower risk. However, all people who were in the following locations around the same time as the two individuals with measles should:

  • Find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously, and
  • Call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash between July 16th and August 8th. To avoid possibly spreading measles to other patients, do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.

Locations of potential exposure to measles

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the two contagious individuals were in locations in the community where other people might have been exposed. Anyone who was at the following sites during the following times was possibly exposed to measles:

If you were in these areas at the times above and are not immune to measles, the most likely time you would become sick is between July 16 and August 8.

Public Health has notified affected locations where the public may have been exposed.

About measles

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. It is mainly spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. People can spread measles before they have the characteristic measles rash.

People at highest risk from exposure to measles include those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants under six months of age and those with weakened immune systems

For more information about measles, a fact sheet is available in multiple languages.

For help finding low cost health services, call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.

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