EVERETT – Snohomish County has its first confirmed case of measles in the recent eruption – a teenager attending North Creek High School in the Bothell area.
The Snohomish Health District published a list of places and dates it has been on since its infection on Wednesday. From May 5 to 12, these locations included the school, three extended stays at Starbucks Kiosk in Safeway on 24040 Bothell Everett Highway, AMC Woodinville 12, Top Pot Donuts at Bothell, and other shops and restaurants. Anyone who visits these locations at certain times may have been exposed.
The Northshore School District urged families to monitor children for signs of illness. The infected student was not in school this week.
"We will turn to the parents, especially to those who have exceptions to the vaccine," said Health Commissioner. Mark Beatty during a press conference on Wednesday.
Later in the day, the district said in a webmail, "We contacted the families of North Creek (high school) whose students did not receive the vaccine. These students will be expelled from school until 3 June, unless confirmed otherwise. "
The North Creek case is one of five cases recently confirmed in Western Washington. Two were in King County and two in Pierce County. These four cases were adults, said Drs. Kathy Lofy, the state health department.
One person was complete and one unimmunized, Lofy said Wednesday. The remaining three vaccination statuses were unknown. Officials did not state where these patients lived.
One of the five was hospitalized, she said.
Lofy said the new cases had nothing to do with an earlier outbreak in Clark County, where most of the illnesses in children occurred.
"It is very likely that we will see more cases here in Washington," she said.
All five recently infected individuals spent time at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during their probable exposure or infection period.
The first case of the recent measles outbreak was confirmed on May 12 – a Pierce County man in his forties who was not admitted to hospital. A second resident of Pierce County was confirmed on Wednesday. The man in his fifties was also not hospitalized.
Measles are highly contagious and can be serious. It can easily spread when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes.
The vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella is the best means of prevention, Lofy said.
"It's important for everyone to check their vaccination status," she said.
The vaccine is 93 percent effective after a single dose and 97 percent after two doses.
Following a move signed by Governor Jay Inslee earlier this month, parents in Washington can no longer claim a personal or ideological exception for their children before they receive the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine a daycare or attend school. The new law will enter into force at the end of July.
In the past school year, 90 percent of all kindergarten teachers in Snohomish County received an MMR vaccine. This is the result of figures from the Ministry of Health. Northshore ranked fifth in the school districts of Snohomish County with 91.1% coverage. The Edmonds School District had the highest rate of 92.3%. The lowest value was Stanwood-Camano with 79.1%.
According to the Ministry of Health, there were 77 measles cases nationwide in 2019. Of these, 52 were 1 to 10 years old. Another 15 were 11 to 18 years old. Of the total, 71 cases were reported in Clark County.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 839 confirmed measles cases in 23 states this year as of May 10. This is the largest number reported in the US since 1994 and since the measles were declared eliminated in 2000.
The measles virus migrates through the air. It lingers for up to two hours in the air of a room in which a person has had measles.
You can catch measles in an infected person just four days before a rash occurs and up to four days after the rash occurs.
Symptoms that occur seven to 21 days after exposure include fever, diarrhea, cough, runny nose, tiredness, and red, watery eyes.
After a few days, a rash begins which usually begins on the face and can spread all over the body.
Measles usually take seven to 10 days.
If you have been exposed, consult a doctor if you have a fever or unexplained rash.
Do not go to a clinic or hospital without first calling and saying that you think you have measles.
Source: State Health Authorities
There is one confirmed case of measles in Snohomish County. Here is a list of the places the person visited during the infection. Anyone who has visited these places at the times indicated may have been exposed.
|Date and time||Location|
|5. May, 12: 30-9: 30||Starbucks Kiosk at Safeway, 24040 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell|
|6. May, 07.35am-2.30pm||North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|6. May, 12.30-2.45||Top Pot Donuts, 18001 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell|
|7. May, 7.30-16.20||North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|7. May, 18-22.30||Arirang Korean BBQ, 18623 Highway 99 # 150, Lynnwood|
|7. May, 9-24 pm||Pochi Bubble Tea, 1211 164th St. SW, Lynnwood|
|8. May, 7:35 am 4:20 pm||North Creek High School, 3613, 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|9. May, 07:35 – 13:30||North Creek High School, 3613, 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|9. May, 11.30-13.45||Top Pot Donuts, 18001 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell|
|9. May, 3:30 – 9:30 pm||Starbucks Kiosk at Safeway, 24040 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell|
|10. May, 07:35 – 16:20||North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|10. May, 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm||Purity Health, 3922 148th St. SE, Bothell|
|10. May, 19:00 – 22:00||] Good Pho You, 402 164th St SW, Lynnwood|
|11. May 12:30 to 9:00 pm||Starbucks Kiosk at Safeway, 24040 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell|
|11. May, 8 pm to 2 am  AMC Woodinville 12, 17640 Garden Way NE|
|12. May, 8-10: 30 am||QFC, 926 164th St. SE, Mill Creek|
|12. May, 8: 30-10: 45  Mon Amie bakery, 914 164th St. SE, Suite B8, Mill Creek|
Source: Snohomish Health District