Traveler through Sea-Tac Airport had measles, health department warns

Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in a traveler who was at Sea-Tac airport during the contagious period, according to as news release from Public Health – Seattle  The traveler is a resident of California and was likely exposed to the measles while overseas.

What to do if you were in a location of potential measles exposure

Most people in the area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, so the risk to the general public is low. However, all persons who were in the following locations around the same time as the individual with measles should:

  • Find out if they have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously, and
  • Call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash between March 28 and April 12. To avoid possibly spreading measles to other patients, do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.

Locations of potential exposure to measles

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the traveler was at Sea-Tac Airport. Anyone who was at Sea-Tac Airport during the following times was possibly exposed to measles:


  • Sea-Tac Airport, 03/21/2014 , 8:15am-10:15 am: terminal B
  • Sea-Tac Airport, 03/22/2014 , 6:30pm -10 pm: terminal B

If you were in Sea-Tac Airport at the times listed above and are not immune to measles, the most likely time you would become sick is between March 28th and April 12th.

The traveler did not visit other public spaces while in Washington.

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