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Public health officials warn of possible measles exposure at several King County locations

Washington’s King County The public is being warned by the King County and Seattle Public Health Departments about potential measles exposure at several places in the county.

Authorities in charge of health care reported that they are looking into a confirmed case of measles in an adult who recently visited abroad.

Before being officially diagnosed with measles, the person visited several sites in Seattle, Bellevue, and Woodinville while they were contagious.

“Being in a room with someone who has the measles can expose you to the infection if you are not immune,” stated Dr. Eric Chow, Chief of Communicable Disease for Public Health in Seattle and King County. “There has been a surge in measles cases both domestically and internationally, so now is the perfect time to find out if you are immune or not and get vaccinated.”

Locations where there may be public exposures:

Vasa Park Resort

  • Thursday, June 27, 2024
  • 3:30-4 p.m.

PRO Club Bellevue

  • Friday, June 28, 2024
  • 7-11:20 p.m.

Café Turko

  • Saturday, June 29, 2024
  • 6:30-9:45 p.m.

ZoomCare – Woodinville

  • Monday, July 1, 2024
  • 7:20-9:45 p.m.

ZoomCare – Woodinville

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024
  • 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Up to two hours can pass after an infectious person leaves the area before the measles virus resurfaces in the air.

Anyone who was at the clinic at that time is urged to find out if they have had the measles shot, get in touch with a doctor if they start to show any symptoms, and make an appointment to get the shot if they haven’t already.

Should you experience any symptoms, such as a fever or an unexplained rash, contact a healthcare professional.

Health experts estimate that if an individual was not immune to the disease and was present at the potential exposure locations during the designated dates, they would probably get sick between July 4 and July 23.

The majority of measles symptoms, according to the University of Washington Medical Center, manifest 10 to 12 days following exposure. A high fever lasting two to four days, along with other symptoms including runny nose, pink eye, cough, and rash, are some of them.

A lab can confirm measles by testing a sample of saliva or blood.

Wearing a mask, cleaning your hands frequently, and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing are the best ways to stop the measles from spreading.

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