Local public health officials confirmed on Sunday a measles infection in a child who recently visited a public location in King County during the contagious period.
The child is a King County resident who was unvaccinated and caught measles while traveling in Europe.
This measles case is unrelated to previous King County cases last month, officials said.
Because most people in King County have been vaccinated, and because outdoor exposure locations lower the risk of measles being transferred, the risk to the general public is low.
However, people who visited the Aladdin Gyro-cery at 4139 University Way NE in Seattle on August 18 between 1 and 3:20 p.m., or a tennis tournament in Oregon close to that date, should follow these steps:
- Find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously
- Call a health care provider promptly if they develop a fever or unexplained rash between August 25 and September 8
- Do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for 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
For help finding low cost health services, call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.