King County health officials announced another confirmed measles case on Friday, warning everyone on certain days to visit the Seattle Children's Emergency Department or a Fred Meyer in Kent
According to Public Health – Seattle & King County, the recently diagnosed child is the eighth resident of King County who has contracted measles since the beginning of the year. The case is the 10th in West Washington since an outbreak was reported in May.
The child was with Fred Meyer in Kent last week and Seattle Children twice this week before the diagnosis was made, according to Public Health. Seattle Children & # 39; s says they notify visitors and patients who may have been exposed.
Officials say that anyone who has visited the following places during the indicated times may be exposed to measles:
- Fred Meyer at 25250 Pacific Highway South in Kent on June 1
- Seattle Children's Emergency on June 23, 00:45 to 02:45
- Seattle Children's Emergency on June 26, from 02:30 to 04:30 and 13:10 to 15:10 Watch
Health authorities are still working to determine the child's measles source and to determine if this case is related to other people in the area. Last month, an infant was diagnosed with measles after being taken to the Seattle Childrens Emergency Department.
The outbreak of measles in West Washington began on May 9, when a diagnosis was made to residents of the counties of Pierce, King, and Snohomish following a residency in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
This year, 82 cases were recorded in Washington, accounting for about 8% of the 1,077 cases reported in the United States. This led the legislature to ban exceptions for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, except for religious or medical reasons. Most of the state's cases came from an outbreak in Clark County earlier this year.
There have been most cases in the US since 1992 and, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles was declared eliminated in 2000 (CDC).
Measles, which can cause fever, rash, and red, watery eyes, are highly contagious and quickly spread in the air after coughing or sneezing. The virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after someone leaves the area with the virus.
According to the Department of Health, symptoms can occur from seven days after first exposure up to 21 days after last exposure. A rash typically occurs 10 to 12 days after exposure.
Two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are 97% effective in preventing measles, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In some cases, people may receive the vaccine after exposure.
Persons who believe they have been exposed should consult a physician. This is especially important for children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people who, according to Public Health, are at high risk for measles complications. To prevent the spread of the virus, patients should call to discuss whether to conduct an examination rather than just running in.