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July 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Sea-Tac traveler may have exposed others to measles

A contagious traveler with measles could have exposed those around him at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said Seattle & King County Public Health.

The traveler arrived from Beijing on July 4.

The risk to the public is low because most people in this area have had measles vaccinations, said the department, but those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants under six months of age and those with weakened immune systems should be monitored.

The disease is spread mainly through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

People who were in one of these areas at the airport on July 4, between noon and 4 p.m., were possibly exposed:

  • South Satellite International Terminal Arrival Area.
  • Immigration and primary screening.
  • Adoption screening.
  • Restrooms in the South Satellite.
  • Baggage claim/customs.
  • Train to main terminal.
  • Main terminal baggage claim.
  • Elevator in the main terminal to Level 2 parking garage.

Map courtesy of portseattle.org (click link to see original map)

Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure to measles occurred, and those who develop an illness with fever or an unexplained rash sometime between July 11 and July 25 should contact their health provider promptly, said the department.

Measles is a highly contagious and usually severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes. The rash begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Fever, often greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and cough begin two to four days before the rash appears.

More information about measles can be found on the county’s health department web site.

The Family Health Hotline is 800-322-2588

Erik Lacitis: 206-464-2237 or elacitis@seattletimes.com

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