In the past few weeks there have been multiple people visiting Seattle area that have been diagnosed with measles. Seeing as this is a serious disease I thought we should report on it here. Kiro and Public Health Insider are stating that on May 7 & 9th two women diagnosed with the disease are known to have visited the following locations in Belltown Seattle, WA.
- May 7, 2019
- May 9, 2019
- 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Third & Broad Business Building (Cisco Systems) | 2901 3rd Ave, Seattle 98121
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What is 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.
Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure to someone with measles. 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.
Measles complications can include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, and rarely, encephalitis (brain inflammation). Complications from measles can happen even in healthy people but those at highest risk include: infants and children under 5 years, adults over 20 years, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems from drugs or underlying disease. If you are in one of these high risk groups and were exposed to measles, be sure to contact your health care provider to discuss the need for treatment to prevent measles infection.
Measles is preventable with the safe and highly effective measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two doses of the MMR vaccine are more than 95 percent effective in preventing measles and that protection is long lasting.
(The above information about measles replicated from Public Health Insider website.)
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