Health officials warn of measles exposure at Sea-Tac airport

Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in a traveler who was at Sea-Tac airport during the contagious period. The traveler is a resident of California and was likely exposed to the measles while overseas.

Most people in the area are immune to the measles through vaccination, so the risk to the general public is low. However, all persons who were in the following locations around the same time as the individual with measles should

• Find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously.

• Call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash between March 28th and April 12th. 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.

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the traveler was at Sea-Tac Airport. Anyone who was at Sea-Tac Airport during the following times was possibly exposed:

• March 21, 2014, 8:15-10:15 a.m. — terminal B.

• March 22, 2014, 6:30-10 p.m. — terminal B.

Individuals at Sea-Tac Airport at the above listed times who are not immune to measles most likely would become sick between March 28th and April 12th.The traveler did not visit other public spaces while in Washington.


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