The number of measles cases in King County continues to increase. A woman in her thirties is the seventh recently confirmed measles case in the Puget Sound region and the fourth person in the county to become infected with the virus this month.
She has probably been exposed to the virus at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for public health – Seattle & King County. Before the woman knew she was ill, she was at the Hudson Alki Bakery Store on May 10, 11, 12, and 13, outside the ticketing security checkpoint near the B-Gate exit in Renton Valley Family Medicine, 391
Recent measles cases in King County are likely linked to a person with measles who arrived at the airport on the morning of April 25, according to a public health press release the risk of measles at the Sea-Tac airport is increased.
Visit the Public Health website at kingcounty.gov/health for a list of places where people with measles visited before visiting a doctor.
One male from Pierce County was diagnosed with measles on May 12, and four other residents of West Washington were confirmed to have measles on May 15. Employees were diagnosed with measles. Eleven teachers and 20 students are not allowed to return until May 31, as they have not been vaccinated or can not prove they have been vaccinated, according to the Issaquah School District. After a student was infected with the virus at Bothell's North Creek High School, 10 students will be kept away from campus until 3 June.
Measles were probably eradicated in the US in 2000 and around the world. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 880 cases of measles have been confirmed in the US this year, the highest number since 1994.
King County measles cases occurred shortly after Clark County officials arrived in County explained the end of an outbreak that started on January 3 and infected 71 people. Most Clark County cases occurred in children who were not immunized. During the Clark County outbreak, a case was reported in King County.
Washington state legislation responded to the Clark County outbreak by restricting the exemptions for measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) exemptions. The new law, which comes into effect in July, does not allow parents to exclude their children from the MMR vaccine for personal or philosophical reasons.
Healthcare Professionals and Vaccinarians Specify That Laws that Allow for Fewer Exemptions Are Exempt An important tool to combat measles and bring the population to so-called herd immunity. This means that at least 95% of the population are vaccinated to protect people who can not be vaccinated because they are younger than 1 year or have health problems that they do not allow immunization.