Whatcom man diagnosed with measles

A man in Whatcom County has been diagnosed with measles, according to state health officials.

This is the seventh case of measles in the state this year.

The man had been in close contact with a confirmed case in California, said Greg Stern, Whatcom County health officer. Health officials don’t know if the case is related to the Disneyland measles outbreak that began in December.

The man was kept away from the public when he returned to Washington. Health officials are monitoring contacts made with members of the household, Stern said.

It is unknown if the man had been vaccinated, Stern said.

Six other people in the state have contracted measles this year: four people in Clallam County and two in Grays Harbor County.

More than 150 people across the United States have gotten measles this year. Three-quarters of those cases are related to the Disneyland outbreak.

“We really encourage people to get vaccinated to avoid this,” Stern said.