Updated May 22, 2019: King County has updated their Measles case and exposure location listings:
- Number of measles cases in King County residents since Jan. 1 2019: 5 (4 in May, 1 in January)
- Number of measles cases in non-residents (e.g., travelers/visitors) who spent time in King County while contagious: 2
For more information and a listing of exposure locations, visit the King County Measles cases and exposure locations page.
(original post: Jan. 24, 2019)
A confirmed case of measles, also called rubeola, has been reported in King County. We do not currently have any cases of measles in the Bellevue School District.
While we currently do not have any cases of measles reported in Bellevue School District, we are urging families to monitor their children for signs of measles. If you believe your child may have measles, please call their health care provider — do not go in. If you must take your child to the Emergency Room, please call ahead to let them know you are coming and that you suspect measles. If your child has not been fully immunized with the MMR vaccine, please talk with your health care provider about getting the immunization. You can also contact your school nurse for more information and resources.
Measles is extremely contagious, and can be serious, especially for young children. If your child has measles, please keep them home.
- Measles virus travels through the air. You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.
- You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
- Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
- Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.
- Measles is the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.
The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Make sure to protect yourself and your children with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Measles starts with:
- runny nose
- red and watery eyes
After a few days, a rash begins, which usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body. Measles usually lasts 7 to 10 days.
In some people, especially people who are have chronic medical problems, are pregnant, or are malnourished, measles also leads to serious problems such as pneumonia, brain damage, blindness, deafness, and death.