4 new measles cases announced in western Washington

4 new measles cases announced in western Washington

On Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Health announced four newly diagnosed cases of measles in residents of three western counties.

Two residents in King County, one in Snohomish County, and one in Pierce County all have confirmed measles cases.

These new cases are in addition to the case Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced on Sunday.

While the exact exposure information for the new cases is not yet known, all spent time in SeaTac airport during their likely time of exposure or infectiousness. Each local health agency will add new information about dates and locations of potential exposure to measles as each local investigation proceeds.

The Washington State Department of Health is supporting local public health agencies with disease investigation, laboratory testing, and other efforts to protect their communities.

Measles is highly contagious and can be serious. It is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and almost everyone who has not had the vaccine or measles previously will get it if they are exposed to the virus.

A current statewide case count is on the departments website and will be updated as new cases are diagnosed.

The department urges everyone to check their own and their children’s immunization records to verify that they’re fully immunized.

You can check your immunization status through the DOH website.

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