The number of tick-borne disease cases is on the rise. They’re spending new diseases. And new, invasive tick species keep turning up.
These two cases brings the total to nine measles cases in King County residents since the beginning of May.
Measles is worrisome to cancer patients because those receiving chemotherapy or recovering from a transplant may have weakened immunity.
While contagious, the patient was in Fred Meyer in Kent and the Seattle Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. The case, a child, remains hospitalized.
Public health departments regularly employ traditional shoe-leather detective work to track and control outbreaks.
If this year’s outbreaks continue through summer and fall, the United States may lose its measles elimination status.
This case brings the total to nine recent measles cases among Washington state residents.
The six month old child was taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s ER while she was contagious.
The case brings the total of recent measles cases in Washington state residents to seven.
This is the third King County case identified this month, adding to the total of six recent measles cases in Washington state residents.
Investigators are exploring a possible common exposure at SeaTac Airport. All of the cases spent time at SeaTac Airport during their likely time of exposure.
Health officials King and Pierce County are investigating a case of measles who may have exposed others to the highly infectious virus at a number of locations.
Washington state, which recently experienced a serious measles outbreak, has the only state legislature this year that passed tighter vaccination rules.
How humans interact with the changing environment is affecting the spread of infectious disease.
Traveler had visited Sea-Tac Airport, the Space Needle, MoPOP – Museum of Pop Culture, among other places while in Seattle in late April.