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WA Department of Health Warning of Possible Measles Exposure

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington state Department of Health is warning about the possible spread of measles throughout multiple state counties.

A woman confirmed with measles traveled to several western Washington public locations while contagious. Most people are immune, so public risk is low, but anyone who has not been vaccinated should be wary.

Health officials say the Whatcom County woman in her 20s became contagious in March after visiting a local family with measles linked to an outbreak in British Columbia. She worked at the Lynden Dutch Bakery while contagious.

She traveled to Seattle for a Kings of Leon concert at Key Arena on March 28, when she also was at the Best Western Loyal Inn and the Wasabi Bistro. The next day, she was at Beth's Café, Aurora Suzuki, Starbucks at First and Pike, and the Pike Place Market. On those same dates she visited several locations in Pierce County, including Celebrity Cake Studio, LeMay Car Museum, Harmon Brewing Company, and some department stores. A complete list of the locations and the times of potential public exposure are available online.

The illness is highly contagious and can cause severe illness with rash, fever, cough, eye irritation, and can be fatal.

Anyone who was in those locations at the listed times should find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously.

Washington typically has five or fewer measles cases per year; so far in 2014, there have been seven. Symptoms begin seven-to-21 days after exposure and is contagious for about four days before rash appears until four days afterward. People at highest risk from exposure to measles include those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants under six months of age and those with weakened immune systems.

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