State issues alert of measles cases

The Washington State Department of Health recently issued a warning of a case of measles in Western Washington.

A Whatcom County woman traveled to several locations in Seattle and Pierce County. She was at the Kings of Leon concert at KeyArena on March 28 and also at the Best Western Loyal Inn and the Wasabi Bistro. She visited Beth’s Cafe, Aurora Suzuki, Starbucks on First Street and Pine Street and the Pike Place Market, according to the Department of Health news release.

The woman’s case was linked to a measles outbreak in British Columbia. Measles is highly contagious and can cause severe illness with rash, fever, cough, eye irritation, and can be fatal and can be contagious before a rash appears.

Local doctor Robert Wagner of South Whidbey Pediatrics and the Department of Health encourage children to be vaccinated twice and adults to be vaccinated at least once to reduce the risk of catching the potentially fatal disease.

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