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April 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

More exposed to measles as Kitsap County records state’s 12th confirmed case

A Kitsap County man has been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of people in Washington with confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease up to 12, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

The Kitsap County resident, a man in his 40s, traveled around Puget Sound last week while he was contagious, the department said. He went to Seattle from Bainbridge Island on the “Tacoma” ferry on April 4, then flew to Friday Harbor. From the marina, he went to the San Juan County Department of Community Development and Planning and the Friday Harbor fuel dock.

He may have been exposed to measles March 21 at Cask and Schooner Public House and Restaurant, where the person with San Juan County’s first of five measles cases was present while contagious.

There have been no reported measles cases related to the Whatom County woman who went to several Seattle locations in late March, but public health officials warn that the time is starting for those who went to those places to be showing symptoms. The woman attended a Kings of Leon concern and went to Pike Place Market while contagious.

Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure and the person with measles is contagious for about four days before and after a rash appears, according to the health department. Symptoms include a fever, rash and cough.

A list of places visited by those with confirmed diagnoses while they were contagious is available on the health department website.

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