[5/16/19] Measles Reports
The Washington State Department of Health is announcing four newly diagnosed cases of measles in residents of three western Washington counties (King County 2, Snohomish County 1, Pierce County 1). These new cases are in addition to the case Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced last weekend.
While the exact exposure information for the new cases is not yet known, all spent time in SeaTac airport during their likely time of exposure or infectiousness.
The Washington State Department of Health is supporting local public health agencies with disease investigation, laboratory testing and other efforts to protect their communities.
Public health officials had just recently declared that a months-long measles outbreak that sickened more than 70 people was over.
Measles is highly contagious and can be serious. Measles is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine or measles previously will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
The department urges everyone to check their own and their children’s immunization records to verify that they’re fully immunized.
Washington state this year passed a law to end all non-medical exemptions for the measles vaccine. A similar effort failed in Oregon.