Sunday, July 7, 2013

Child Carrying Measles Landed at Sea-Tac Airport

Posted By on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Health officials in the Seattle area are cautioning that the public may have been exposed to measles, after an adoptee child from Beijing infected with the disease landed at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on July 4.

This morning's Seattle Times reports that the child had symptoms which caused the parents to take the child to a doctor, who, after diagnosis, contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC officials said the overall risk to the public is low because most people have had measles vaccinations, but those who are unvaccinated, plus pregnant women and infants under six months of age, should be closely monitored.

Measles, a highly contagious disease, is spread through the air after a person coughs or sneezes. Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure.

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