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Measles - Information for Health Care Providers

Updated April 25, 2017 - There are no cases of measles in Spokane County at this time.

A measles outbreak is occuring in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area (MSP). As of 4/24/17, 20 cases have been confirmed with additional suspect cases being investigated. Please consider measles in patients who fit the criteria on the Measles Quick Assessment Checklist (below) and with a history of travel in the last 21 days, particularly to the MSP area.

Health care facilities who are evaluating a suspect mumps case should notify the Spokane Regional Health District Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program immediately at 509-869-3133 (24 hrs a day, 7 days/week) for guidance and resources.

The last case of measles in Spokane County occured on April 21, 2015 in an unvaccinated adult.  It is unknown where the individual was exposed to measles. There had been no diagnosed cases in Spokane County in over 20 years and the individual did not travel and had no known ill contacts. A second case, in a close contact of the first case, was confirmed on April 30, 2015.  Also in 2015, at least 169 confirmed cases of measles were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 19 states and the District of Columbia. Most of the cases, 117/169 (70%), were linked to a theme park exposure.

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