- Kent School District
Alert from King County Public Health
Local public health officials have confirmed a measles case in King County. A person who might have been contagious, but not yet aware of their measles infection, attended the Kentlake High School vs. Mt. Rainier High School Basketball game on January 10, 2019, and the Kentlake High School vs. Tahoma High School basketball game on January 12, 2019.
Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes.
If you attended either of these events, please take the following steps:
1. Check your immunity status.
If you are unsure of whether you have received the MMR vaccine or are immune to measles, contact your healthcare provider or visit https://wa.myir.net/. If you are not up-to-date on measles vaccine, talk with your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated after your risk of measles from this recent exposure has passed.
2. Watch for symptoms of measles even if you have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR).
- If you attended the Kentlake High School vs. Mt. Rainier High School Basketball game on 1/10/2019, monitor for symptoms until 01/31/2019.
- If you attended the Kentlake High School vs. Tahoma High School basketball game on 1/12/2019, monitor for symptoms until 02/02/2019.
3. If you develop any measles symptoms:
- Stay home and avoid contact with others and public places.
- If you need medical attention, call the doctor or hospital BEFORE you arrive (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency) and tell them you have been exposed to measles and could be contagious.
- Call (206) 296-4774 as soon as possible.
- People who have measles should stay home away from others until at least four full days have passed since the time the rash first appeared.
Information about measles can be found at www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/measles.aspx.