RENTON, WA - A King County man in his 50s has suspected measles, and his case may be linked to a larger outbreak in the Vancouver area, according to health officials.
The man was hospitalized but has since recovered, according to health officials.
"Measles is a highly contagious disease and if you don't have immunity, you can get it just by being in a room where a person with measles has been," King County health officer Dr. Jeff Duchin said in a press release. "Fortunately, the measles vaccine is very effective. Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine provides over 95 percent protection against measles and that protection is long-lasting."
In southwest Washington, some 23 people have come down with measles. A majority of the cases were found in children, many who were not vaccinated. The King County man had recently traveled to the Vancouver area.
King County health authorities have released a list of places where the man with the local measles case traveled recently. If you aren't vaccinated and visited any of these locations, you might show symptoms sometime between today and Feb. 6.
Jan. 9, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Lease Crutcher Lewis Boeing 17-88 Construction Site (2400 Perimeter Rd, Auburn)
Jan. 10, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Lease Crutcher Lewis Boeing 17-88 Construction Site (2400 Perimeter Rd, Auburn)
Jan. 10, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Mt Rainier High School vs Kentlake High School basketball game at Kent Lake High School (21401 SE Falcon Way, Kent)
Jan. 11, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lease Crutcher Lewis Boeing 17-88 Construction Site (2400 Perimeter Rd, Auburn)
Jan. 12, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Kent Lake High School vs. Tahoma High School basketball game @ Kent Lake High School (21401 SE Falcon Way, Kent)
Jan. 14, 9:55 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Valley Medical Center- Covington Urgent Care (27500 168th Place SE, Covington)
Jan. 16, 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Multicare Covington Hospital Emergency Department (17700 SE 272nd St, Covington)