The confirmation of a measles case in a King County infant has health officials asking the public to be on the lookout for symptoms of the infection and to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date.
The infant was too young to have been vaccinated and likely was exposed to measles while overseas, according to a release from Public Health – Seattle & King County.
From Public Health:
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 6 months of age and those with weakened immune systems.
The King County baby may have exposed others during a contagious period at the following locations:
- Sea-Tac Airport, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: S Gate, customs, baggage claim
- Arbor Place Tower, 121 Vine Street: lobby and elevators
- Nov. 17, 1-5 p.m.
- Nov. 18, Noon-11 p.m.
- Nov. 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Nov. 23, 4–8:30 a.m.
- Nov. 25, 7-9 p.m.
- Nov. 26, Midnight–2 a.m.
- Rite Aid, 2603 Third Ave., Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m.
- Macy’s, 1601 Third Ave., Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Ross Dress for Less, 301 Pike St., Nov. 19, 1-3:15 p.m.
- Target, 1401 Second Ave., Nov. 19, 1:15-3:45 p.m.
- Ross Dress for Less, 17672 Southcenter Pkwy., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Seafood City, 1368 Southcenter Mall, #100, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Public-health officials say the risk to the general public is low because most people are immune to measles through vaccination. Those who have not been vaccinated and may have been exposed should call for treatment if they notice the following symptoms: fever, red and watery eyes, and illness with an unexplained rash.
To prevent further spread of the disease, those who want to have a doctor evaluate them for possible infection should not go to a hospital or clinic without calling first. More information about measles is available in several languages at the Public Health – Seattle & King County website .