Current Outbreak News

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Walla Walla County is in oubreak status for gonorrhea: Read the full news release

Measles back in Washington State
: Read the latest on our current state measles outbreak 

turkey leg icon  Washington State Department of Health food recalls: Click here for the most recently recalled foods updated by our own state Department of Health.

unicorn icon   US and world outbreak alert: The Centers for Disease Control keep close tabs on all communicable, zoonotic (animal and bug-borne), food-borne, and “emerging” diseases occurring inside and outside the US. Click here for the most up to date information on national and world-wide watch lists.

Measles in Washington State
The Department of Community Health is here to bridge the gap in your healthcare services as well as keep you updated on current Washington State Department of Health news.

We breathed a sigh of relief when the measles outbreak was declared over in Clark County on April 29th, but measles returned to Washington again on May 9th. Washington was hoping to be declared measles free as of July 8th, but Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and the Washington State Public Health Laboratories have identified 3 newly confirmed measles cases as of July 19th. There were 71 cases during the winter Clark County outbreak, and there are 13 total cases so far during this current multi-county outbreak starting in May. The areas in the United States - besides Western Washington - still having on-going measles outbreaks as of July 26th are Rockland County, NY, New York City, Los Angeles County, CA, and El Paso, TX.

Individuals may have been exposed to measles virus if they were present at the locations and times found on PHSKC’s website—this website will continue to be updated if new information becomes available. Approximately 450 potentially exposed individuals were notified by Seattle Children’s HospitalIf you are not immune to measles, please click here for all other possible exposure locations during the ongoing May outbreak. If you have had no known or potential exposure, measles is not likely.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can spread before people know they are sick. The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses. There is no better time to ensure your family is protected and we encourage everyone make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations.

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