Issaquah residents may have been exposed to measles

Public health officials have learned of a new case of measles in King County, the second person confirmed to have the infection in the county since Jan. 25.

The newly diagnosed King County resident was exposed to an infected, contagious traveler at Sea-Tac Airport.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe illness caused by the measles virus. It is mainly spread through the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Because most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, the King County Health Department reports the risk to the general public is low. Still, those who were at the same location as the infected individual should find out if they have been vaccinated and contact their doctor immediately if they develop a fever or unexplained rash.

Before the infected person was diagnosed, they were at the following Issaquah locations, where others could have been exposed to the virus.

QFC, 4570 Klahanie Dr. S.:

  • Jan. 23 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Jan. 24 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Jan. 25 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Jan. 29 between noon and 2:30 p.m.

Starbucks, 4566 Klahanie Dr. S.E.

  • Jan. 26 between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The health department has notified these locations about the exposure. Any individuals who contracted the virus would most likely become sick between Jan. 30 and Feb. 19. Symptoms of measles include a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red and watery eyes.

The first confirmed measles case was a traveler who made a stop at Sea-Tac Airport on Jan. 18. The contagious traveler flew from Amsterdam to Portland, Ore., through a connecting flight in Seattle. People who flew on Jan. 18 through a south or north gate or took an airport train may have been exposed. After arriving in Oregon, the traveler received medical treatment and public health authorities were notified.