Infected baby could have exposed public to measles

SEATTLE – An infant from King County is infected with measles and could have exposed other residents to the virus.

The child was at public places in Seattle, SeaTac and Tukwila while it was contagious:

  • SeaTac Airport, 11/17/13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: S Gate, customs, baggage claim
  • Arbor Place Tower, 121 Vine Street, Seattle, lobby and elevators, 11/17/13, 1:00-5:00 pm; 11/18/13, Noon-11:00 p.m.; 11/19/13, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; 11/23/13, 4:00–8:30 a.m.; 11/25/13, 7:00-9:00 p.m.; 11/26/13, Midnight–2:00 a.m.
  • Rite Aid, 2603 3rd Avenue, Seattle, 11/18/13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Macy’s, 1601 3rd Avenue, Seattle, 11/19/13, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Ross Dress for Less, 301 Pike Street, Seattle, 11/19/13, 1:00-3:15 p.m.
  • Target, 1401 2nd Avenue, Seattle, 11/19/13, 1:15-3:45 p.m.
  • Ross Dress for Less, 17672 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, 11/18/13, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Seafood City, 1368 Southcenter Mall, #100, Tukwila, 11/18/13, 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Public health officials say the baby was too young to be vaccinated and likely exposed to measles while overseas.

Most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, officials say, but anyone who was exposed to the infected infant should find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or were previously infected. You should call a health care provider immediately if you become with a fever or unexplained rash through December 17. 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 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. It 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.