7th case of measles confirmed in King County, health officials say

7th case of measles confirmed in King County, health officials say

KING COUNTY, Wash. — Seattle/King County health officials are investigating a new measles case Friday with possible exposure to the public.

Officials have confirmed the person is a child who received care at Seattle Children’s Hospital emergency room.

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The child was in the Fred Meyer located at 25250 Pacific Highway S. in Kent and the hospital's emergency room before being diagnosed with the measles, officials said.%

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This brings the total number of measles cases in King County since the beginning of May to seven.

Officials at Seattle Children’s said they are in the process of notifying patients who may have been exposed.

"The continued occurrence of measles cases in King County means we face an ongoing risk of outbreaks among people who don't have immunity," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Officials said it is unknown where the child might have gotten the measles and they are working to find out if the child's case is linked with any other cases in the county or Washington.

"Measles vaccine is safe, effective and offers excellent protection. If you aren't sure if you're up to date with the recommended doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, MMR, see your health care provider and get a dose of MMR if needed," Duchin said.

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