Measles Case Identified in Spokane County

Measles Case Identified in Spokane County

Feb 21, 2024

Kelli Hawkins, SRHD | | 509.324.1539, c. (509) 994.8968

Spokane, Wash. – Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in a Spokane County resident, with initial exposure taking place out of the country.

Most people have immunity to the measles through vaccination, so the risk to the general public is low. However, with confirmation of measles virus here, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is advising individuals to check their children’s and their own vaccination status and verify that they are up-to-date with the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the individual was in the following public locations. Anyone who was at the following locations during the times listed was possibly exposed to measles:

  • Sunday, Feb. 11, 9:30 p.m.-Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, 12:30 a.m., Spokane International Airport, Concourse B
  • Monday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., Deer Park
  • Monday, Feb. 12, 4-8:30 p.m., Rozy’z Hot Shotz, 617 S. Fir Ave., Deer Park
  • Monday, Feb. 12, evening hours (still being determined), Taco Bell, 807 S. Main Ave., Deer Park
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Creekside Kenpo Karate, 3506 Eloika Rd., Deer Park
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, 4:30-7:15 p.m., Horizon Credit Union, 900 S. Main St., Deer Park

If you were at these locations at the times listed above and are not immune to measles, the most likely time you would become sick is between Feb. 18 and March 8, 2024. If an individual is experiencing symptoms of measles (high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, rash) and believes they may have been exposed, they should contact their health care provider.

More information about measles:

SRHD epidemiologists explained that with this outbreak, they expect to see additional cases as they continue their contact tracing and case investigation work. At this time, all individuals known to have had contact have been notified, screened for immunity, and were provided with isolation guidance if necessary.

“Measures can be taken to prevent this disease,” said Dr. Francisco Velazquez, SRHD health officer. “Measles is a serious contagious disease, and the message is absolutely critical that if you or your child is not vaccinated, you need to get vaccinated.”

Adults should receive at least one dose of measles vaccine, unless they were previously immunized, were born prior to 1957, were previously diagnosed with measles by a doctor, or have other medical contraindications for the vaccine. Adults who are unsure whether they received the vaccine can still get one, since there is no harm in getting it a second time. Pregnant women should wait until after giving birth to get the vaccine.

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