You may be aware that there has been a measles outbreak in Clark County in southwest Washington. Health officials report the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has grown to 34, with nine more cases suspected – to date, there have been no reported cases of measles in eastern Washington. That being said, please know that health officials take measles seriously. In fact, Gov. Jay Inslee recently declared a state of emergency (PDF) in all counties in response to confirmed cases of measles in our state. Measles is extremely contagious and can be serious, especially for young children.
Of the confirmed and documented cases, 90% of those who contracted the virus were not immunized. We want parents to be aware that in the event we encounter one or more confirmed measles cases at a school, Spokane County Health officials would engage with schools immediately to implement an exclusion plan for students and staff who lack evidence of immunity until the outbreak has been controlled. Deer Park’s school nurses are keeping an eye on the situation and receive frequent updates from the Washington State Department of Health and the Health Services supervisor at OSPI.