2 measles infections confirmed in King County, Washington

Local health officials in King County, Washington have confirmed two cases of the measles among county residents. The two infected individuals may have exposed the public to the virus at several locations in the community from March 14 through March 18.

Among those infected were a six-month-old infant and the infant's father. Both had recently traveled to Asia.

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Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be easily contracted by those who have not been properly vaccinated. Symptoms of the illness include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash that spreads all over the body. The condition can be fatal. People at highest risk for contracting the measles are those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants younger than six months of age and individuals with compromised immune systems.

To see a list of potential exposure sites in King County, click here.

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