Health officials have confirmed four new cases of measles involving people who spent time at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, among other sites throughout the Puget Sound region.
Two of the cases involve King County women, the third an adolescent male in Snohomish County and the fourth a Pierce County man, the Washington State Department of Health said Wednesday.
The new cases come after a Pierce County man was diagnosed with measles over the weekend and a Canadian man was diagnosed earlier this month after he traveled to Seattle in late April.
This brings the total number of measles cases in Washington to 77, according to the health department. The vast majority, 71, have occurred in Clark County, but no new cases have been reported there in several weeks.
In the new cases, health officials haven’t determined where each person contracted the diseases, but all four people had been at Sea-Tac during the period they were infected.
“It’s not definitive, but it’s a pattern that’s worth noting,” said James Apa, spokesman for Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Measles, which can cause fever, rash and red watery eyes, is highly contagious and spreads quickly through the air after a cough or sneeze. Symptoms may appear starting from seven days after the first exposure to 21 days after the last exposure, according to the state health department. A rash typically appears 10 to 12 days after exposure.
Health officials in the three county departments said they are working to determine all the sites each person went while contagious. The virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after the infected person leaves, so the lists of exposure times also include the additional two-hour time frames.
The King County women spent time at several sites in Seattle and Issaquah, and the Pierce County man went to two stores in Puyallup.
The Issaquah School District urged families to check their children for measles symptoms after one case was reported at Issaquah High School. About 96 percent of Issaquah students are vaccinated against measles, according to health department data.
The incomplete list of exposure hours from King County:
May 12: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Coldwell Banker Bain (1151 S.W. Sammamish Road, Suite 103, Issaquah)
May 6-9: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Issaquah High School (700 2nd Ave. S.E., Issaquah)
May 6: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Coldwell Banker Bain (1151 S.W. Sammamish Road, Suite 103, Issaquah)
May 7: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Coldwell Banker Bain (1151 S.W. Sammamish Road, Suite 103, Issaquah)
May 7 to 10: 3 a.m. – 4 p.m. SeaTac International Airport, 1st Floor Parking Garage, Orange Elevators, breezeway over Skybridge 5, terminal to baggage-claim area
May 7: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Third & Broad Business Building (2901 Third Ave., Seattle)
May 7: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cherry Street Coffee (2719 First Ave., Seattle)
May 9: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Hops n Drops (4506 Klahanie Drive S.E., Issaquah)
May 9: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Third & Broad Business Building (2901 Third Ave., Seattle)
May 9: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Matt’s in the Market (94 Pike …read more
Source:: Daily times