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Seattle school returns in-person after student contracts measles

Jun 5, 2023, 9:33 AM | Updated: 9:43 am

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(Photo courtesy of KIRO 7)

(Photo courtesy of KIRO 7)

A Seattle middle school was shifted to fully remote learning for four days after a student tested positive for measles.

In a message sent out to families two weeks ago, Aki Kurose Middle School said that they would “be moving to remote instruction” to mitigate the risk of any more students getting sick.

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The school was closed Friday, May 26 through Friday, June 2. Students are now able to return to school Monday.

“The health and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority,” the school said in its announcement before Memorial Day weekend. “We are continuing to work with Public Health – Seattle & King County and SPS Coordinated Student Health. We are taking measures to ensure the safety of our staff and students.”

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes.

“If you don’t have immunity, you can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been,” said Elysia Gonzales, Medical Epidemiologist for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine provides about 97% protection against getting infected by measles, and that protection lasts a lifetime.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles and that protection is long-lasting.

Measles can take up to three weeks to develop and often begins with a rash. The virus is easily spread thru the air and contact with bodily fluids.

This case is likely linked to an earlier case of measles that was detected Saturday, May 20.

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The locations and times of potential exposure to measles before the child was diagnosed are as follows:

  • Aki Kurose Middle School, 3928 S. Graham St. – 5/11, 12 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and 5/12, 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St. – 5/13, 3:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • World Market, 2103 Western Ave. – 5/13, 4:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • HopeCentral Pediatrics & Behavioral Health, 3826 S. Othello St. – 5/15, 2 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

If you think you are in danger of being infected, Public Health advises you to check with your healthcare provider about the status of your measles vaccinations, and if you start developing symptoms, to not go to a hospital or clinic to avoid spreading the disease. Instead, call your healthcare provider to be set up with a measles evaluation.

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