A nurse at a Seattle Children's Hospital was diagnosed with measles after looking after a patient who was also diagnosed with a highly contagious disease.
The nurse, who is in her twenties and working in the inpatient department, may be contagious from 8 to 11 July. She was on the Metropolitan Market at Sand Point Way on July 8 and at Safeway in Kenmore on July 10, so Public Health – Seattle & King County.
She is fully vaccinated and wearing proper protective gear while caring for the sick child, Seattle Children & # 39; s statement said. The patient was in the hospital emergency department on June 22, 25 and 26, but showed no symptoms of measles until the third visit. The child was immediately isolated, the hospital said.
The hospital alerts patients, family members, and employees who may have been exposed.
The specific exposure times are listed here.
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Measles are highly contagious and can be fatal to people with compromised immune systems. The virus causes fever, rash and red, watery eyes. It is very contagious. A person can contract measles up to two hours after the infected person leaves the area.
Symptoms occur seven days to three weeks after the last exposure. A rash can occur 10 to 12 days after exposure.