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Health officials zero in on origin of recent measles outbreak after 6th case

Another measles outbreak in King County. (AP)

A sixth case of the measles now has people in Auburn on high alert. We learned Friday a woman in her 40’s may have exposed people in several public locations.

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Health officials believe everyone who has gotten sick with the measles so far may have been in contact with one individual who was at SeaTac Airport on April 25, likely in the morning. The WA State Department of Health first called this latest round of measles a new “outbreak” on Wednesday.

As more people come down with measles, health departments are listing more exposure sites – and the newest ones are in Auburn.

One of those sites is at the Fred Meyer in Auburn, at 801 Auburn Way N.

“It’s kind of scary to hear that because this is where I come all the time with my sister to shop,” said Luana Nelson-Davis, who lives in Auburn.

Health officials say a new measles patient was there shopping last Saturday. The news has Fred Meyer shoppers trying to think back and figure out if they were exposed.

“Was I here? Because I come here weekly to do my shopping, so was I here last weekend? But no,” said Becky Miller, another Auburn resident. “Still scary, still very scary,” she said.

The new measles patient also came to Building A of the Villas apartments at least four times last week (1221 A St NE, Building A, Auburn WA 98002).

It’s now also considered a measles exposure site.

“I didn’t even know that the measles outbreak was here – which is my building – so I was kind of shocked to hear it,” said Lina Kim, who didn’t know about the exposure until KIRO7 talked with her.

Kim, a mom, said her kids are vaccinated. But like many adults, she remember if she’s had the vaccine.

“I don’t know if I’m vulnerable to get affected, so it’s kind of alarming,” she said.

Health officials say anyone in the locations of potential exposure should:

  • Find out if you have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously. Make sure you are up-to-date with the recommended number of measles (MMR) vaccinations.
  • Call a healthcare provider promptly if you develop an illness with fever or illness with an unexplained rash. To avoid possibly spreading measles to others, do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first to tell them you want to be evaluated for measles.
  • Vaccination or medication can be given after exposure in some cases to prevent illness – check with your healthcare provider. This is especially important for people at high risk for measles complications.

Doctors say another measles vaccine even if you’ve already had one (but forgot) will not cause any harm.

People at the apartment complex in Auburn say the potential exposure there is particularly concerning because there are many families there have infants too young to be immunized.

“A lot, a lot, every single floor probably have families with young kids. Babies,” Kim said.

This latest case of the woman in her 40’s is the third person in King County to get measles in the new outbreak.

The others include a teacher at Issaquah high, and someone who works in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

In Pierce County there are two cases – a man from Orting, and someone who went to the Costco and Target in Puyalllup.

In Snohomish County, there’s 1 case – a student of North Creek High School.

All six have recently been to SeaTac Airport.

Health officials say they have no reason to believe that there is currently an increased risk of getting measles by going to the airport.

Current list of potential exposure sites:

KING COUNTY:

Date Time Location
May 15, 2019 8:30 am – 1:25 pm The Villas Building A (1221 A St NE, Building A, Auburn WA 98002)
May 12, 2019 9:30 am – 1 pm Coldwell Banker Bain (1151 SW Sammamish Rd, Ste. 103, Issaquah 98207)
May 11, 2019 4 pm – 7 pm Fred Meyer (801 Auburn Way N, Auburn 98002)
May 11, 2019 3:55 pm – 6:50 pm The Villas Building A (1221 A St NE, Building A, Auburn WA 98002)
May 11, 2019 8 pm – 2 am AMC Woodinville 12, (17640 Garden Way NE, Woodinville 98072)
May 10, 2019 5:30 pm – 8:20 pm The Villas Building A (1221 A St NE, Building A, Auburn WA 98002)
May 10, 2019 12 noon Starbucks – main Food Court (new Starbucks) at SeaTac Airport
May 10, 2019 7:30 am – 9:35 am The Villas Building A (1221 A St NE, Building A, Auburn WA 98002)
May 10, 2019 8 am – 7 pm The Box Maker (6406 S 190th St, Kent 98032)
May 8, 2019 6 am Diva Espresso at SeaTac Airport between baggage carousel 14 and 15
May 7, 2019 9 am Qdoba at SeaTac Airport
May 6 – 10, 2019 5:30 – 8 a.m. Sea–Tac International Airport
Main parking garage 8th floor, far southern garage elevator, 4th level breezeway to escalator, terminal to baggage claim area
May 6 – 10, 2019 2 – 5 p.m. Sea–Tac International Airport
Baggage claim area to escalator, 4th level breezeway, far southern garage elevator, 8th floor parking garage
May 10, 2019 11 am – 4 pm Open House at Hunter’s Ridge (4548 244th Pl SE, Issaquah 98029)
May 10, 2019 6:30 – 8:40 a.m. 76 Gas Station Market, 2841 S 188th St, SeaTac
May 9, 2019 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sea–Tac International Airport
General area around gate A10 of Sea–Tac Airport
May 9, 2019 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Third & Broad Business Building (2901 3rd Ave, Seattle 98121)
May 9, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Matt’s in the Market (94 Pike St, Ste. 32 Seattle 98101)
May 9, 2019 5:30 pm – 9 pm Hops n Drops (4506 Klahanie DR SE, Issaquah 98029)
May 7-10, 2019 3 am – 4 pm SeaTac International Airport, 1st Floor Parking Garage, Orange Elevators, Breezeway over Skybridge 5, Terminal to Baggage claim area
May 7, 2019 4 pm – 9 pm Coldwell Banker Bain (1151 SW Sammamish Rd, Ste. 103, Issaquah 98207)
May 7, 2019 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sea–Tac International Airport
General area around gate A10 of Sea–Tac Airport
May 7, 2019 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Third & Broad Business Building (2901 3rd Ave, Seattle 98121)
May 7, 2019 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cherry St Coffee (2719 1st Ave Seattle 98121)
May 6-9, 2019 7:30 am – 6 pm Issaquah High School (700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah 98027)
May 6, 2019 6 pm – 10 pm Coldwell Banker Bain (1151 SW Sammamish Rd, Ste. 103, Issaquah 98207)
April 28, 2019 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Slate Coffee Roasters (602 2nd Ave, Seattle 98104)
April 28, 2019 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Kenmore Air Lake Union, Flight M5 3
April 25, 2019 Under investigation, likely in the morning SeaTac Airport (Exact locations within the airport are still being investigated. Updates posted here when more information is available.)
April 24-28, 2019 Starting 10 p.m. 4/24 to noon 4/28 Marriott Courtyard Hotel Pioneer Square (612 2nd Ave, Seattle 98104)
April 27, 2019 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Slate Coffee Roasters (602 2nd Ave, Seattle 98104)
April 27, 2019 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. MoPOP – Museum of Pop Culture (325 5th Ave, Seattle 98109)
April 27, 2019 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Market Fresh (720 Olive Way, Seattle 98101)
April 27, 2019 9 – 11:30 p.m. Tasting Room (1924 Post Alley, Seattle 98101)
April 27, 2019 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. The Pink Door (1919 Post Alley, Seattle 98101)
April 26, 2019 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Immediate Clinic Capitol Hill (1512 Broadway, Seattle 98122)
April 26, 2019 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Monorail (Westlake Station to Seattle Center)
April 26, 2019 2:30 – 6 p.m. Seattle Space Needle (400 Broad St, Seattle 98109)
April 25, 2019 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Storyville Coffee (1001 1st Ave, Seattle 98104)
April 25, 2019 5 – 7 p.m. Kenmore Air Lake Union (950 Westlake Avenue N. Seattle 98109)
April 21, 2019 8 – 10 p.m. Sea–Tac International Airport
Gate A-5 to main terminal

PIERCE COUNTY:

Date Time Location
May 6 – 10, 2019 5:30 – 8 a.m. Sea-Tac International Airport

Main parking garage 8th floor, far southern garage elevator, 4th level breezeway to escalator, terminal to baggage claim area

May 6 – 10, 2019 2 – 5 p.m. Sea-Tac International Airport

Baggage claim area to escalator, 4th level breezeway, far southern garage elevator, 8th floor parking garage

May 6, 2019 5 – 7:15 p.m. Orting Transmission 130 Corrin Ct. NW., Orting
May 6, 2019 6 – 10 p.m. Orting High School, Orting City Planning Meeting,320 Washington Ave. N. Orting.
May 7, 2019 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sea-Tac International Airport
General area around gate A10 of SeaTac Airport
May 7, 2019 5 – 8 p.m. Orting Transmission 130 Corrin Ct. NW., Orting
May 7, 2019 7:30 – 10 p.m. Orting High School, Orting Junior Dance Team Banquet,320 Washington Ave. N. Orting
May 9, 2019 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sea-Tac International Airport

General area around gate A10 of SeaTac Airport

May 9, 2019 4 – 7:30 p.m. Discount Tire, 19815 S. Prairie Rd. E., Bonney Lake.
May 9, 2019 6 – 9:30 p.m. Skookum Archery, 11209 Shaw Rd. E., Puyallup.
May 10. 2019 6:30 – 8:40 a.m. 76 Gas Station Market,2841 S 188th St, SeaTac
May 10, 2019 3:15 – 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 – 9 p.m. Orting Transmission 130 Corrin Ct. NW., Orting
May 11, 2019 8 – 10:30 a.m. Sound Family Medicine Bonney Lake Walk-in Clinic, 10004 204 Ave., Bonney Lake.
May 11, 2019 10:35 a.m.-1:50 p.m.  Target (South Hill Mall)
May 11, 2019 11 a.m.-1:20 p.m.  Costco (Puyallup)

SNOHOMISH COUNTY:

Date Time Location
May 5 12:30 – 9:30 p.m. Safeway/Starbucks, 24040 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell
May 6 7:35 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell
May 6 12:30 – 2:45 p.m. Top Pot Donuts, 18001 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell
May 7 7:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell
May 7 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Arirang Korean BBQ, 18623 Highway 99 #150, Lynnwood
May 7 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Pochi Bubble Tea, 1211 164th St. SW, Lynnwood
May 8 7:35 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell
May 9 7:35 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell
May 9 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Top Pot Donuts, 18001 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell
May 9 3:30 – 9:30 p.m. Safeway/Starbucks, 24040 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell
May 10 7:35 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. North Creek High School, 3613 191st Place SE, Bothell
May 10 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Purity Health, 3922 148th St. SE, Bothell
May 10 7 – 10:30 p.m. Good Pho You, 402 164th St SW, Lynnwood
May 11 12:30 – 9 p.m. Safeway/Starbucks, 24040 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell
May 11 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. AMC Woodinville 12, 17640 Garden Way NE
May 12 8 – 10:30 a.m. QFC, 926 164th St SE, Mill Creek
May 12 8:30 – 10:45 a.m. Mon Amie Bakery, 914 164th Street Southeast Suite B8, Mill Creek

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