We do have reported cases of MEASLES in King County as of this week.  What that means for your family...

  • Pay attention to news reports about your community about Measles spread
  • Be vigilant with your own families symptoms of illness
  • check in with your medical provider if you suspect you have been exposed
  • Seek proper medical attention immediately if you have symptoms



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.

Incubation Period

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.

Infectious Period

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.