SEATTLE — A Seattle Children's Hospital nurse tested positive for measles and was potentially contagious when working on July 8-11, staff said. She worked at one of the hospital's inpatient units.
"The nurse was exposed when caring for a patient who had tested positive for measles and was in appropriate isolation," hospital spokeswoman Lindsay Kurs said in a statement. "The nurse was fully vaccinated and was wearing appropriate personal protective equipment while caring for the patient."
Public Health – Seattle & King County is investigating. Kurs said Seattle Children's reported the case to the agency. The public was told Monday.
Ten cases of measles have been confirmed in King County residents since the beginning of May, health officials said.
"Measles cases continue to occur in King County, which means we face an ongoing risk of outbreaks among people who don't have immunity," Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release.
"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."
Health officials provided locations of potential exposure to the public:
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