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Measles diagnosed in Spokane adult for first time in more than 20 years

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Measles is back in Spokane County for the first time in more than two decades.

The Spokesman-Review reports that an adult has tested positive for the highly contagious disease. It is the county’s first diagnosis in 21 years.

Spokane Regional Health District officials say the person was not vaccinated. They do not believe he or she has traveled outside the county.

The case is not related to the national outbreak linked to Disneyland. That outbreak was declared over last week.

Symptoms of the measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and rash.

A district immunization clinic on May 7 will include free measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations for children.

There were 32 measles cases in Washington last year. Nine have been diagnosed so far this year.

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