Health Advisory: Measles
Protect Yourself and Others from Measles
Posted on 01/28/2019
Kitsap County Health Advisory: Measles Update

A large measles outbreak is happening in Clark County, in southwest Washington. Additionally, King County has confirmed a measles case. So far there are no reports of measles in Kitsap County.

Measles is a contagious disease that causes high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes. A rash of tiny red spots breaks out 3-5 days after symptoms begin. It can also lead to pneumonia and brain swelling, which may lead to brain damage or death.

There is no treatment for measles, but there is a way to prevent it. The combination of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine protects you and helps stop the spread of the measles virus to others.

If a case of measles occurs in school or an outbreak occurs in the community, children who do not meet school MMR vaccination requirements can’t go to school until the disease is under control.

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