Second case of measles confirmed in Pierce County
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.
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.
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.
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.
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