Health Update: Confirmed Case of Measles in King County

A confirmed case of measles, also called rubeola, has been reported in King County. We do not currently have any cases of measles in the Northshore School District.

While we currently do not have any cases of measles reported in the District, we are urging families to monitor their children for signs of measles. If you believe your child may have measles, please call your health care provider. If you must take your child to the emergency room, please call ahead to let them know you are coming and that you suspect measles. If your child has not been fully immunized with the MMR vaccine, please talk with your health care provider about getting the immunization. You can also contact your school nurse for more information and resources.

Measles is extremely contagious and can be serious, especially for young children. If your child has measles, please keep them home.

  • Measles virus travels through the air. You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.
  • You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
  • Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
  • Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.
  • Measles is the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.

The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Make sure to protect yourself and your children with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Measles Symptoms 

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Tiredness

After a few days, a rash begins, which usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body. Measles usually lasts 7 to 10 days.

In some people, measles also leads to serious problems such as pneumonia, brain damage, blindness, deafness, and death, especially people who have chronic medical problems, are pregnant or are malnourished.

 


 

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