Snohomish County, WA – According to information released by Snohomish County Public Health Officials, a measles infection has prompted a health warning. Public Health officials confirmed on Friday that a child visiting the United States as part of a summer program has become infected. The child visited 9 businesses in June, prior to being diagnosed with the measles.
Health officials at the Snohomish Health District, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and Washington State Department of Health have been contacting impacted businesses and providers in the community to alert them of the potential exposures. The businesses include:
- Walmart, 19191 N Kelsey Street, Monroe | June 20, 2018: 2:00PM-10:00PM
- McDonald’s, 19515 State Highway 2, Monroe | June 21, 2018: 9:00AM-2:00PM
- Dairy Queen, 19510 State Highway 2, Monroe | June 21, 2018: 9:00AM-2:00PM
- YMCA, 14033 Fryelands Blvd, Monroe | June 21, 2018: 10:00AM-6:00PM
- Providence Regional Medical Center, 1700 13th Street, Everett | June 22, 2018: 3:00PM-9:00PM and June 23, 2018: 3:00PM-9:00PM
- Wendy’s, 2510 Broadway, Everett | June 23, 2018: 5:00PM-10:00PM
- Providence Monroe Clinic Pharmacy, 19200 N Kelsey Street, Monroe | 9:00AM-5:00PM
- Swedish Redmond Clinic, 18100 NE Union HIll Road, Ste 200, Redmond | June 27, 2018: 11:30AM-5:00PM
- Providence Monroe Laboratory, 19200 N Kelsey Street, Monroe.
Most people have received a measles vaccine, so the risk to the general public is low. However, all persons who were in the above locations should find out if they have been vaccinated for measles and call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash between June 21 and July 12, 2018.
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: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
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. A person is considered immune to measles if any of the following apply:
- You were born before 1957
- You are certain you have had the measles
- You are up-to-date on measles vaccines (one dose for children age 12 months through three years old, two doses in anyone four years and older).
For more information about measles and measles vaccination, please click here to visit the Washington Department of Health website.