In Washington State, so far there have been 37 confirmed cases of measles in Clark and King Counties. Measles is a virus that travels through the air and is spread through sneezing and coughing, touching contaminated surfaces or skin-to-skin contact. Symptoms often begin with the signs of a common cold: runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. However, the measles virus will also cause a red, blotchy rash on the skin.
While the symptoms typically go away within 7 to 10 days, measles can be serious. Children are especially at risk. If you feel sick and think you have been exposed to the measles virus, see your doctor right away. When you are feeling sick, staying home is the best way to help prevent illness for others. Listen to your body and get the rest you need.
Washington State Department of Health has some great information about what the virus is and how to keep your family healthy during the outbreak. Learn more on their website and find out if there are any recommendations for your community.
Talk with your health care provider about any concerns you have and make sure that you are up to date with the recommended vaccinations.