Measles: What you Need to Know!

Measles: What you Need to Know!

Measles has spread in Washington, and health officials urge immunization. The Washington State Department of Health reminds people to take precautions to help stop the spread of measles.

If you have been exposed to measles and feel ill, please stay home to help prevent the spread of the disease and contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call your local health department or the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.

Symptoms of measles and how it spreads

  • Measles often begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. After three to five days, a rash usually begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.
  • You can spread measles to others once you have symptoms. You are contagious until the rash goes away.
  • You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been. The measles virus stays in the air for up to two hours after that person has left the room.

For more information: www.kingcounty.gov/measles