Measles case reported in Seattle, Individual was unvaccinated


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Public Health – Seattle and King County reports the investigation of a confirmed case of measles in a King County resident, an adult female. The person was at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and at Providence Swedish First Hill while contagious.

Date time Location
1/18/23 12:26pm-3:00pm Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Satellite South (Gate B6) to Baggage Claim (Round 04)
1/20/23 2:00 PM – 4:55 PM Providence Swedish First Hill, Emergency Department 700 Minor Ave Seattle WA 98122

Anyone who was at these sites during the time this person experienced may have contracted measles.

The individual was not immunized, and the infection was likely acquired outside the United States.

“Measles is highly contagious, and if you don’t have immunity, you can get it just by being in a room where someone has had measles,” said Dr. . “Fortunately, the measles vaccine is very effective. Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine provide approximately 97% protection against measles infection and this protection lasts a lifetime.”

Health officials advise anyone with potential exposure to:

  • Find out if you have been vaccinated against measles or have had measles in the past. Make sure you are up to date with the recommended number of measles (MMR) vaccines.
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop an illness with a fever or an unexplained rash. To avoid the possibility of spreading measles to others, do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.

You can get a vaccine or post-exposure medication in some cases to prevent disease – check with your healthcare provider. This is especially important for people who are at risk of developing complications from measles.

If you were at the sites at the times listed above and were not immune to measles, your likely time to become ill would be between 1/25/2023 – 2/10/2023.

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Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. The disease spreads mainly through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure. Measles is contagious from about four days before the rash appears to within four days after the rash appears. People can spread measles before they get a measles rash.

Measles can lead to ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia and, rarely, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

Complications of measles can occur even in healthy people, but those most at risk are: infants and children under 5 years of age, adults over 20 years of age, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems due to medications or an underlying disease.

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