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Siblings visiting W. Wash. may have exposed residents to measles

SEATTLE -- Public health officials have confirmed two people infected with measles have been visiting Washington from out of state and may have exposed the public to the virus before learning they were contagious.

Officials believe the siblings, an adult and a child, were infected outside of Washington. These cases are reportedly unrelated to the child who had measles while at Sea-Tac airport in early July.

Before they were diagnosed, the two contagious individuals may have exposed others in the community to the virus at the following places and times:

  • Mercerdale Park, 77th SE & SE 32nd, Mercer Island (July 9, 2013: 6pm-10pm)
  • Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle (July 10, 2013: 11am-2pm)
  • Spud Fish and Chips, 9702 NE Juanita Dr, Kirkland (July 10, 2013: 2pm-5pm)
  • QFC, 211 Parkplace Center, Kirkland (July 10, 2013: 3pm-6pm)
  • QFC, 7823 SE 28th St., Mercer Island (July 10, 2013: 7pm-10pm and July 15, 2013: 1pm-4pm)

Most people have immunity to measles thanks to vaccinations, however public health officials advise anyone who was in the following locations around the same time as the two individuals with measles should find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have already had measles and call a health care provider immediately if they develop an fever or unexplained rash between July 16 and Aug. 8.

To avoid possibly spreading measles to other patients, anyone who suspects they might have measles should not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first.

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. The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears.

People at highest risk from exposure to measles include those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants and those with weakened immune systems.

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