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Health officials announce public exposures to new Eastside measles case

Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in a child who was in several locations in King County during the contagious period.

The child is a King County resident who was incompletely vaccinated—had one of the recommended two doses of vaccine and at an age earlier than recommended—and exposed to a sibling who had the measles. The sibling was unvaccinated and had become infected while traveling in Europe; the sibling’s case was previously announced by public health officials.

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 individual 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 September 4 and September 20. 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 child was in several King County locations where other people might have been exposed. Anyone who was at one of the following sites during the following times was possibly exposed to measles:

Locations included:

August 28

· Central Park Tennis Club -- 5820 125th Ln NE, Kirkland, 4-8 p.m.

August 29

· Central Park Tennis Club -- 5820 125th Ln NE, Kirkland, 4-8 p.m.

August 30

·         AV Performance Tennis Club -- 13203 NE 16th St, Bellevue, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

·         Eastside Tennis Center -- 10822 117th Pl NE, Kirkland, 2:30-4:45 p.m.

·         Central Park Tennis Club -- 5820 125th Ln NE, Kirkland, WA, 4-7:30 p.m.

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 September 4 and September 20.

Public health officials have notified the 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 at: www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/diseases/measles.aspx

 

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