Public health officials are investigating a confirmed case of measles infection in a traveler who was at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport earlier this month.
Public Health of Seattle-King County said Saturday that the traveler was likely exposed to the disease outside of the United States.
Most people in our area have been vaccinated against the disease, so the risk to the general public is low, officials said. But they urged anyone who may have been exposed by being in the same area as the ill individual to take the following precautions:
• Find out if you have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously.
• Seek medical help promptly if you develop an illness with fever or an unexplained rash, between Sept. 13 and Sept. 27. To avoid possibly spreading measles to other patients, do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.
Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the traveler was at Sea-Tac Airport and the Bistro restaurant in the Courtyard Seattle-Federal Way Hotel. Anyone who was at the airport or The Bistro during the following times was possibly exposed to measles:
• Sea-Tac Airport, Sept. 6, North Satellite terminal, Satellite Transit Interterminal Train, and baggage claim, 8:10-11:30 p.m.
• Courtyard Seattle-Federal Way, The Bistro, Sept. 6, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
If you were at either of these locations during the times listed and are not immune to measles, the most likely time you would become sick is between Sept. 13 and Sept. 27.