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Second case of measles confirmed in Pierce County

Communicable Disease Program Manager Kayla Scrivner
by Kayla Scrivner05/15/2019 11:37 a.m.
Updated: 05/15/2019

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department confirmed a second case of measles in Pierce County on Wednesday morning.

The patient is a man in his 50s who spent time at places in the Puyallup area while contagious. He was not hospitalized and is recovering at home. Another Pierce County man was diagnosed over the weekend. 

Transmission of measles can occur before people know they have it. Before the diagnosis, this man went to two public places.

The times below include when the man was at the location and two hours after. Measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves.

Anyone who was at these places during the times listed could have been exposed:

  • Target South Hill Mall, Puyallup: May 11, 10:35 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
  • Costco (Puyallup): May 11, 11 a.m.-1:20 p.m.

If you were potentially exposed, symptoms would likely appear May 18-June 1. Call a healthcare provider promptly if you develop an illness with fever or unexplained rash. To avoid possibly spreading it, do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to say you think you have measles.

Your status is the one that matters

When the patient is an adult, we don’t always know the his or her vaccination status in the early part of the investigation. It’s normal to wonder about that.

But we encourage you to ask a more useful question: What’s YOUR vaccination status?

Adults can’t always remember if they were immunized. While people choosing not to vaccinate their children is a problem, another is adults who aren’t certain of their own statuses.

Measles CDC

Most babies have to wait until they're 12 months old to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Many people can’t be vaccinated because they have medical problems. Both groups depend on immunized people in the community to help protect them.

Measles: What you should know about the virus and how to protect yourself and your family from it.

A quick and easy way to make sure

You can check your family’s vaccination status quickly and simply with this tool. If you still aren’t sure, it’s safe and smart to get vaccinated as a precaution.

  • You can protect yourself.
  • You can protect your family.
  • You can protect infants.
  • You can protect people who can't get vaccinated.

If you know your family’s status, you’ll never have to worry about anybody else’s.

  1. Updated: 06/10/2019
Communicable Disease Program Manager Kayla Scrivner

by Kayla Scrivner

Kayla helps coordinate our efforts with healthcare provider partners in our communities.

 

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