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Measles imported into Seattle via Brazil

Health officials in King County, Washington say they have confirmed a measles infection in an adult international traveler who was in King County during the contagious period. According to a Seattle Times report, the traveler was from Brazil.

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Officials go on to say that the unimmunized traveler was most likely exposed in the individual’s home country.

The King County Health Department is advising the public to check the exposure locations, know their immunization status and call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness.

Before receiving the measles diagnosis, the traveler was in the following public locations. Anyone who was at the following locations during the times listed was possibly exposed to measles:

January 25, 2015

If you were at the following locations at the times listed above and are not immune to measles, the most likely time you would become sick is between February 1 and February 15.

This measles case is not linked to the large, ongoing national outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.

The statewide total to date in 2015 is three cases, including one case in King County. Since cases are recorded by residency, this new measles case is not counted toward county or state totals. There were 13 cases in King County in 2014, and four in 2013, with no cases in 2012 or 2011.

Related: Vaccines: An interview with Dr. Paul Offit