• Child with measles may have exposed Sea-Tac travelers

    By: KIRO 7 STAFF


    Quick Facts:

    • Some travelers at Sea-Tac International Airport could have been exposed to measles.
    • Child who was at a baggage claim there May 26 has a confirmed measles case.
    • Measles is highly contagious and symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure.

    A measles infection in a King County child who was at Sea-Tac International Airport during the contagious period was confirmed Sunday by public health officials.

    The person was likely exposed to the measles while overseas.

    Most people in King County have immunity to the measles through vaccination, so the risk to the general public is low.

    However, a measles outbreak has hit record levels in Washington State. Two-thirds of the people who have come down with the disease in the last year had opted out of getting vaccinated.

    Public health officials say anyone who was at Sea-Tac on May 26 – specifically the Cconcourse A baggage claim between 6:20 p.m. and 10 p.m. 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.

    Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. It is mainly spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

    Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. People can spread measles before they have the characteristic measles rash.

    People at highest risk from exposure to measles include those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants under six months of age and those with weakened immune systems.

    For more information, a measles fact sheet is available in multiple languages from Public Health, Seattle-King County.

    Information from The Associated Press and Public Health Seattle-King County is included in this report.

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