Measles Outbreak in Washington State

Measles Outbreak in Washington State
Posted on 01/25/2019
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A large measles outbreak is happening in Clark County in southwest Washington. Additionally, King County just confirmed a measles case. To date, there have been no reported cases of measles in Pierce County.

Measles is a highly contagious and serious disease. Of the 23 confirmed cases of measles, 20 of them were not immunized.  Our school nurses are keeping an eye on the situation and receive frequent updates from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and the Health Services supervisor at OSPI.  

Know that measles is taken seriously. In the event of one or more measles cases at a school, the Pierce County Health Officer would immediately exclude students and staff who lack evidence of immunity until we’ve controlled the outbreak.

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