EVERETT – Snohomish County is the first confirmed measles case of the latest outbreak – a teenager boy attending North Creek High School in the Bothell area.
The Snohomish Health District on Wednesday released a list of locations and dates on which he was because he was contagious. From May 5 to 12, those places include school, three long stints in the Safeway Starbucks kiosk at 24040 Bothell Everett Highway, AMC Woodinville 12, Bothell's Top Pot Donuts and other shops and restaurants. Anyone on those sites during specified times may be exposed.
The Northshore School District has urged families to monitor children for signs of illness. Infected students are out of school this week.
"We are in contact with parents, especially those with no exemptions for vaccination," said district health officer Dr. Mark Beatty at a press conference Wednesday.
Later, the district said on the web post: "We contacted North Creek (High School) families with students who did not receive vaccination. These students were excluded from the school until June 3, if no further confirmed cases will be altered. "
The North Creek case is one of five recently confirmed in Western Washington. Two are in King County and two are in Pierce County. The four cases involved in the elderly, said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health official.
One person was fully vaccinated and one was not vaccinated, Lofy said Wednesday. The remaining three vaccine statuses do not know. Officers did not specify where the patients lived.
Of the five, one was hospitalized, he said.
Lofy said new cases were unrelated to early outbreaks in Clark County, where most of the illnesses were among children.
"We'll probably see more cases here in Washington," he said.
All five of the recently infected people spent time at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during their likely exposure period or infectiousness.
The first case in the latest measles outbreak was confirmed May 12 – a man in Pierce County in his 40 year hospital. The second resident of Pierce County was confirmed Wednesday. The man, at age 50, was not hospitalized either.
Wounds are contagious and may be serious. It is easy to spread when an infected person speaks, coughing or sneezing.
Mumps, mumps and rubella are the best ways to avoid, Lofy said.
"It is important for everyone to check their immunization status," she says.
The vaccine is 93 percent effective after a single dose and 97 percent effective after two doses.
Under a measure entered by Gov. Jay Inslee's law earlier this month, Washington's parents can no longer get personal or philosophical exemptions for their children in the reception of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines before attending a day care center or school. The new law will take effect at the end of July.
Last year, 90 percent of all kindergartners in Snohomish County received MMR vaccination, according to figures from the state Department of Health. Northshore is fifth in the districts of Snohomish County, with a 91.1% rate of vaccination. The Edmonds School District has the highest rate at 92.3%. Stanwood-Camano is lowest at 79.1%.
There were 77 cases of measles statewide in the state in 2019, according to the State Department of Health. Of these, 52 are from 1 to 10. The 15 are aged 11 to 18. In total, 71 cases are reported in Clark County.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that this year, on May 10, there were 839 confirmed measles cases in 23 states. This is the largest number reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since the measles was declared removed in 2000.
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The measles virus travels in the air. It lasts up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has become.
You can catch measles from a person who is infected as much as four days before the rash and up to four days after the rash appears.
Symptoms, which start from seven to 21 days after exposure, include fever, diarrhea, cough, runny nose, fatigue and red, full of eyes.
After a few days, a rash begins, which usually begins with the face and can spread throughout the body.
The measurements usually last for seven to ten days.
If you have the possibility to be exposed, call a health care provider if you have a fever or unexplained rash.
Do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell you that you have measles.
Source: Government health agencies
Cold exposure locations
There is a confirmed measles case in Snohomish County. Here is a list of locations that people visit while catching. Anyone visiting these locations during specified times may be exposed.
|Date||May 5, 12: 30-9: 30 pm||Starbucks kiosk at Safeway, 24040 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell|
|May 6, 7:35 am-2 : 19 pm||North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|May 6, 12: 30-2: 45 pm||Donuts, 18001 Bothell Everett Highway, 30 am -4: 20 pm||North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|May 7, 6 pm-10: 30 pm||Arirang Korean BBQ, 18623 Highway 99 # 150, Lynnwood  May 7, 9 pm-12 am||Pochi Bubble Tea, 1211 164th St. SW, Lynnwood [4:20pm||North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|May 9, 7:35 am-1: 30 pm|
|May 9, 11:30 am-1: 45 pm||Top Pot Donuts, 18001 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell|
|May 9, 3: 30-9: 30 pm||, 24040 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell|
|High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell|
|May 10, 3: 45-4: 30 pm||Purity Health, 3922 148th St. SE, Bothell|
|May 10, 7-10: 30 pm  Good Pho You, 402 164th St. SW, Lynnwood|
|May 11, 12: 30-9 pm||Starbucks kiosk at Safeway, 24040 Bothell- Everett Highway, Bothell|
|May 11, 19659043] AMC Woodinville 12, 17640 Garden Way NE [128-10:30am||QFC, 926 164th St SE, Mill Creek|
|May 12, 8: 30-10: 45 am  Mon Amie Bakery, 914 164th St. SE, Suite B8, Mill Creek|
Source: Snohomish Health District