Measles outbreak hits south King, Pierce counties

Measles outbreak hits south King, Pierce counties

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Measles outbreak hits south King, Pierce counties

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by LIZA JAVIER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 12:32 PM

Health officials are urging the public to make sure their vaccinations are up to date after a measles outbreak in south King and Pierce counties.

Public health officials have confirmed eight cases of measles in the same family in south King County and one suspected case in Pierce County. Both cases are linked to an infant who returned to the U.S. from the Pacific Islands on May 26 with the measles. Health officials are working to ensure family members and neighbors who had contact with the infant are vaccinated.

Officials say public exposure likely happened at a health care facility on June 10 when the family sought medical care in Pierce County, not knowing they were infected with meals.

People who visited these health care centers should contact their regular doctors to let them know they were exposed to the measles:

June 22 -  4:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Emergency Dept. and Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Dept.
 
June 24 - 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Emergency Dept. and Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Dept. 

June 24-25 - 8:30 p.m.- 2:30 a.m.
St. Joseph Medical Center Emergency Department
 
Other known public exposures happened at several MultiCare healthcare facilities where the infected individuals were treated. Details about these exposures will be updated regularly at the MultiCare website.  These medical facilities are in direct contact with people who were present – clients, visitors, and staff – during the times of potential exposure.

Health officials say members of the south King County family were unvaccinated because they were too young to receive the vaccine or missed their vaccinations. 

Public Health—Seattle & King County is working closely with a community from  Micronesia connected to the outbreak and is doing extensive outreach to ensure as many people as possible in the community are vaccinated.

Symptoms

Anyone who lives or works in south King County should be alert for an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash for at least the next three weeks. A combination of these signs or symptoms is a strong indicator of measles: fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. It is mainly spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Anyone with symptoms of measles are asked to do the following:

* Call a health care provider promptly and tell them you want to be evaluated for measles

* To avoid spreading measles to other patients, you should NOT go to a clinic or hospital without calling first.

* People without a regular healthcare provider who think they might have measles can contact their local health departments at the numbers below:
- King County residents should call the Measles Hotline at 206-296-4949
- Pierce County residents should call 253-798-6410, option “0”

For more information about the measles, a fact sheet is available on the King County Public Health website.

 

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