Number of Whatcom County measles cases remain at six, spreading elsewhere in Washington state

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 11, 2014 

Measles cases in Whatcom County haven't increased the past week, public health officials said Friday, April 11.

The number of cases remained at six - five family members in one household and a woman who visited them and then traveled to other places in Whatcom, King and Pierce counties while contagious. The state Department of Health said no measles cases related to the woman have been reported, but they warned that people who went to the same places as the woman might just be starting to show symptoms if they've fallen ill.

The family visitor, a woman in her 20s, worked at Lynden Dutch Bakery while contagious on March 26, 27 and 28. She traveled to Seattle for a Kings of Leon concert at KeyArena on March 28 and went to a number of other locations, including Pike Place Market.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through breathing, coughing and sneezing.

The Whatcom County cases are connected to a measles outbreak that was declared March 8 in Canada's Fraser Valley, where more than 320 confirmed cases have created British Columbia's largest outbreak of the disease.

Public health officials are urging people who aren't immunized to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, measles continued to spread in unrelated incidents in San Juan and Kitsap counties - for a total of six.

Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, cough and watery, bloodshot eyes, as well as a rash, which usually starts on the face and spreads down to most of the body.

Find a list of where people traveled to while they were contagious and when by going online to doh.wa.gov, clicking on Newsroom at the top and then the April 11 news release.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com .

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