CDC: Watch out for Measles

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Kittitas County, Wash. - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning on the measles outbreak.

As of Monday, 22 confirmed cases of measles have been identified and almost all cases are unimmunized children.

Clark County, which includes the City of Vancouver is currently experiencing a measles outbreak.

The CDC wants you to know measles are very contagious and can be spread when someone is infected with:

  • Coughs
  • Sneezes
  • Sharing food and drinks

Measles can also remain in the air for up to two hours.

If you think you may have been exposed, or you have a fever and a rash, please call your doctor or medical facility first.

Do not expose others – stay home from work, school, child care, or public outings like going to the store or church, until further recommendations by your medical provider.

Symptoms of measles can be:

  • A mild to moderate fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Sore throat

The CDC says after two to three days, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth on the inner lining of the check, your fever may get worse and a red or reddish brown spotted rash starts.

For more information visit the DOH link or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or call the Kittitas County Public Health Department at 509-962-7515.

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