Second measles case confirmed in Pierce County

Second measles case confirmed in Pierce County

Second measles case confirmed in Pierce County

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 1:57 PM

Health officials have confirmed another case of measles in Western Washington, the latest incident in Pierce County.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reports an infected person visited a Tacoma Albertson's grocery store and Tacoma General Hospital during the busy July 4th weekend.

It is the second case of measles in Pierce County; the first was announced on June 27 and was linked to a larger outbreak that extended to King County.

Officials say the adult woman, who had been in close contact with the county's first case of measles, visited the following locations while infected with the measles:

July 3 - Noon-2:30 p.m.
Albertson’s, 111 S. 38th Street, Tacoma

July 3 - 5-11:30 p.m.
Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Department

July 4 - 2 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Department

People who visited these locations during these times should contact their doctor and let them know they were exposed to measles.

Tacoma General is also contacting people who were also there at those times.

Symptoms of measles

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.

Anyone with symptoms of measles are advised to do the following:
· Call a health care provider promptly and tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.
· To avoid possibly spreading measles, do NOT go to a clinic or hospital without calling first.
·  Pierce County residents without a regular healthcare provider who think they might have measles should call 253-798-6410, option “0.”

If you do not have a regular healthcare provider, you can look up free and low cost vaccine resources for adults and children at www.tpchd.org/

 

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