Measles outbreak spreads, health officials urge unvaccinated to stay home

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We still don’t know how the measles got to Spokane, but its highly contagious and spreading. The second confirmed case was diagnosed in a close contact of the first patient. According to a press release from the Spokane Regional Health District, anyone who visited the following locations at the times listed could be infected:

Thursday, April 23
7:30 am – 3:30 pm Madeleine’s Café – 415 W Main

Thursday, April 23
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WinCo Foods – 9257 N Nevada

Friday, April 24
7:30 am – 3:00 pm Madeleine’s Café – 415 W Main

There’s no need to worry about frequenting these establishments from here on out. But if you were present in any of the windows listed, you’ll probably want to check out this article about what to do if you get the measles.

Health district officials have been busy making contact with people who may have been exposed to the confirmed measles patients. So far, they’ve cleared 250 people because they were immune or vaccinated. The remaining 50 are under orders to stay home for 21 days and are being closely monitored. Those individuals are likely stewing at home wishing they had opted to partake in the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.