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June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

8 measles cases reported in South King County, 1 in Pierce

Local public health officials are recommending that everyone in South King County or Pierce County make certain they’re up-to-date on their measles vaccinations after nine cases of measles were confirmed or suspected in the area.

Eight cases are among members of the same extended family in south King County and one case is suspected in Pierce County. All nine are linked to 10th person who returned to the United States from the Pacific Islands on May 26 with measles, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Because of there’s  uncertainty about all the places the people with measles may have visited, all residents in the area should be up-to-date on their measles vaccinations, be aware that measles is occurring in the community and follow the recommendations below if they develop symptoms of measles.

For at least the next three weeks, anyone who lives or works in south King County should be on alert for an illness with fever or an unexplained rash. Symptoms include fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes.

Known public exposures occurred at several MultiCare healthcare facilities where the cases were treated, including a hospital in Tacoma. The medical facilities are contacting anyone who was present, including clients, visitors and staff, during the times of potential exposure. Details will be updated on the MultiCare website.

For people who need vaccinations and who don’t have insurance or a regular health-care provider, the following healthcare facilities are providing vaccinations, with a small administrative fee, for walk-in patients. All facilities are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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