• King and Pierce County Health Departments warning of possible measles exposure

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

    Updated:

    Health departments in Pierce and King counties are warning of a possible measles exposure in over a dozen locations spanning both counties.

    A Pierce County man in his 40s spent time at a number of public locations while contagious.

    So far, this single case has not been linked to any others. It is not known where the man contracted measles.

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

    Anyone who was in the locations of potential exposure to measles around the times listed below should find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously.

    Call a healthcare provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash between May 13-31.

    “Measles is a cause for serious concern for anyone who does not have immunity,” said Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. “We urge those people to determine if they were at any of the locations where they may have been exposed to measles. Children and adults who are up-to-date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations are very well protected and not considered at risk, even at places of possible exposure to measles,” Chen said.

    To avoid possibly spreading measles, patients should not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them they want to be evaluated for measles.

    Locations of potential exposure to measles in Pierce and King Counties:

    Date

    Time

    Location


    May 6 – 10, 
    2019

    5:30 – 8 a.m.

    Sea-Tac International Airport 
    Main parking garage 8th floor
    Far southern garage elevator
    4th level breezeway to escalator
    Terminal to baggage claim area

    May 6 – 10, 2019

    2 – 5 p.m.

    Sea-Tac International Airport 
    Baggage claim area to escalator
    4th level breezeway
    Far southern garage elevator
    8th floor parking garage

    May 6, 2019

    5 – 7:15 p.m.

    Orting Transmission 
    130 Corrin Ct. NW., Orting

    May 6, 2019

    6 – 10 p.m. 

    Orting High School, Orting City Planning Meeting
    320 Washington Ave. N., Orting.

    May 7, 2019

    10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Sea-Tac International Airport 
    General area around gate A10 of Sea-Tac Airport 

    May 7, 2019

    5 – 8 p.m.

    Orting Transmission 130 Corrin Ct. NW., Orting

    May 7, 2019

    7:30 – 10 p.m.

    Orting High School 
    Orting Junior Dance Team Banquet
    320 Washington Ave. N. Orting

    May 9, 2019

    10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Sea-Tac International Airport 
    General area around gate A10 of Sea-Tac Airport 

    May 9, 2019

    4 – 7:30 p.m.

    Discount Tire
    19815 S. Prairie Rd. E., Bonney Lake.

    May 9, 2019

    6 – 9:30 p.m.

    Skookum Archery
    11209 Shaw Rd. E., Puyallup.

    May 10, 
    2019

    6:30 – 8:40 a.m.

    76 Gas Station Market
    2841 S 188th St, SeaTac

    May 10, 
    2019

    3:15 – 5:45 pm& 6:30 – 9 p.m.

    Orting Transmission
    130 Corrin Ct. NW., Orting

    May 11, 
    2019

    8 – 10:30 a.m.

    Sound Family Medicine Bonney Lake Walk-in Clinic
    10004 204 Ave., Bonney Lake.

     

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