Officials warn of a case of measles in person arriving at Sea-Tac Airport

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The following is a release from King County Public Health:

Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in a King County child who was at Sea-Tac Airport during the contagious period. The person was likely exposed to the measles while overseas.

What to do if you were in a location of potential measles exposure

Most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, so the risk to the general public is low. However, all persons who were in the following locations around the same time as the individual with measles should:

  • Find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously, and
  • Call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash between June 1 and June 16. To avoid possibly spreading measles to other patients, do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.

Locations of potential exposure to measles

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the person was at Sea-Tac Airport. Anyone who was at Sea-Tac Airport during the following time was possibly exposed to measles:

  • Sea-Tac Airport, May 26, 2014, 6:20-10 p.m.: Concourse A and Baggage Claim (see map of Sea-Tac Airport terminal)

If you were in Sea-Tac Airport at the time listed above and are not immune to measles, the most likely time you would become sick is between June 1 and June 16.

The person did not visit other public spaces while contagious.


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