We do have reported cases of MEASLES in King County as of this week. What that means for your family...
Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can lead to serious complications. These complications include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death. Before the introduction of a measles vaccine in 1963, there were more than 500,000 measles cases a year and 500 deaths a year in the United States. Measles is now mainly related to international travel by persons who are not fully protected by vaccination with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. A single case of measles is considered a public health emergency.
Measles begins with cold-like symptoms. The symptoms include a cough; runny nose; red, itchy, watery eyes; and a high fever (as high as 103–105°F). Two to four days after the symptoms begin; a raised, red rash will appear on the head and spread downward to become a full-body rash, usually lasting 5–6 days. People with measles appear quite ill.
Mode of Transmission
Measles is spread from person-to-person by airborne droplets or by the nasal and throat secretions of an infected person.
About 10 days (range 7–18 days) from exposure to upper-respiratory symptoms. The average time from exposure to beginning of rash is 14 days.
Measles is infectious from one day before the beginning of the respiratory symptoms (usually about 4 days before the rash onset) to 4 days after the appearance of the rash.