Health officials warn of possible exposure to measles in King County
SEATTLE — Local public health officials said Tuesday they have confirmed a measles infection in an infant who was in several locations in King County during the contagious period.
The infant is a King County resident who was too young to be vaccinated and likely exposed to the measles while overseas, officials said.
Most people have immunity to the measles through vaccination, so the risk to the general public is low. 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 Nov. 24 and Dec. 17. 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.
Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the infant 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:
- SeaTac Airport, 11/17/13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: S Gate, customs, baggage claim
- Arbor Place Tower, 121 Vine Street: lobby and elevators
- 11/17/13, 1:00-5:00 pm
- 11/18/13, Noon-11:00 p.m.
- 11/19/13, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
- 11/23/13, 4:00–8:30 a.m.
- 11/25/13, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
- 11/26/13, Midnight–2:00 a.m.
- Rite Aid, 2603 3rd Avenue, 11/18/13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
- Macy’s, 1601 3rd Avenue, 11/19/13, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Ross Dress for Less, 301 Pike Street, 11/19/13, 1:00-3:15 p.m.
- Target, 1401 2nd Avenue, 11/19/13, 1:15-3:45 p.m.
- Ross Dress for Less, 17672 Southcenter Pkwy, 11/18/13, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
- Seafood City, 1368 Southcenter Mall, #100, 11/18/13, 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
If you were in these locations at the times above and are not immune to measles, the most likely time you would become sick is between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17.
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 un-vaccinated, 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