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Measles: Snohomish County still "spotless"

EVERETT---Measles was ruled out late yesterday by the state laboratory for two suspected cases in Snohomish County, reported Jo Hofmann, MD, Deputy Health Officer and Director of the Communicable Disease Division at Snohomish Health District. In addition, further test results confirmed that a Camano Island toddler does not have measles. Her initial test had been positive.

So far the only confirmed case of measles north of King County is an 11-year-old resident of Camano Island. Last week health officials traced and contacted people who attended a youth group meeting with the girl while she was contagious. Five students in Stanwood-Camano schools were excluded from classes for several days, but none developed measles and all returned to school today.

"We’re not out of the woods yet, but the likelihood of a measles outbreak up here diminishes with each passing day," said Dr. Hofmann. "One positive aspect to this recent activity has been to raise awareness among parents about the importance of immunizing their children," she said.

Island County residents can call 360.387.3882 for immunization information; Snohomish County residents may call 425.339.5225.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.