Measles exposure possible at businesses, school

February 5, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

Measles exposure occurred at Klahanie businesses and Tiger Mountain Community High School late last month, public health officials announced Jan. 30.

Public Health – Seattle & King County said a local resident, a staff member at Tiger Mountain Community High School, exposed school employees, students, visitors and volunteers to the disease, and also exposed customers at QFC and Starbucks in Klahanie Center.

If you go

Public Health – Seattle & King County said a local resident with measles might have exposed others to the disease at QFC, 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., between:

  • 3 and 7 p.m. Jan. 23
  • 3 and 7 p.m. Jan. 24
  • 3 and 7 p.m. Jan. 25
  • Noon and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29

The resident might have exposed others to measles at Starbucks, 4566 Klahanie Drive S.E., between:

  • 9 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26

People exposed to the disease at QFC and Starbucks who are not immune could fall ill until as late as Feb. 19.

Local health officials said people at Tiger Mountain Community High School, 355 S.E. Evans Lane, could have been exposed to measles from Jan. 23-25. People exposed to the disease and not immune could fall ill until as late as Feb. 15.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily, but most people developed immunity through vaccinations as children.

The case is the second confirmed measles case in King County since Jan. 25. That infected person contracted measles from a contagious traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

James Apa, a Public Health – Seattle & King County spokesman, said patient privacy rules prevented the release of further information about the local measles case.

The patient visited QFC and Starbucks in Klahanie Center before receiving the measles diagnosis.

Once the patient received the diagnosis, public health officials alerted the Issaquah School District.

Officials at the district and the public health agency called for people in the school community with vaccination exemptions — due to medical, personal or religious reasons — to remain home from school through Feb. 15 as precaution during the incubation period for measles.

Sara Niegowski, school district spokeswoman, said one student did not have vaccination records and is out of school during the incubation period.

Tiger Mountain Community High School is the district’s alternative high school and serves about 90 students.

The initial confirmed measles case in King County occurred at the airport Jan. 18. People in the same areas as the traveler at the airport between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. faced possible exposure to measles.

Symptoms

Measles, or rubeola, is a highly contagious disease, but is preventable through vaccination. The measles virus is spread through coughing and sneezing.

  • Symptoms start about 10 to 21 days after exposure and the illness lasts from one to two weeks.
  • The illness starts with a runny nose, watery eyes, cough and a high fever.
  • In the first few days, tiny white spots appear inside the cheeks. Then, after two to four days, a raised red rash starts on the face and spreads down the body and out to the arms and legs.
  • The rash usually lasts four to seven days and appears about 14 days after exposure.
  • People with measles are contagious for four days before and at least four days after the rash begins.

Call a health care provider promptly if you develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash.

Source: Public Health – Seattle & King County

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