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Thursday, August 25, 2005 - Page updated at 01:17 PM

Man may have spread measles in Redmond

Seattle Times Eastside bureau

A man returning from a trip to France earlier this month may have spread measles at four Redmond locations, including two locations on the Microsoft campus, health officials said today.

The man, in his 40s, returned to the Seattle area Aug. 8, but he was contagious and exposed to the public only for a few days, said Dr. Jeff Duchin, head of communicable diseases for Public Health — Seattle & King County. The man is recovering and is no longer contagious, Duchin said.

Measles is a potentially fatal disease that can cause pneumonia and brain swelling in some cases. Most people are not at risk of contracting the disease because they were either vaccinated or developed immunity after having measles as a child, officials said.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or developed immunity, and was at the following locations during these times, should call their doctor, Duchin said.

• Building 40 on the Microsoft campus, One Microsoft Way in Redmond, all day Aug. 16-19.

• The cafeteria between buildings 40 and 41 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17-19.

• Malay Satay Hut, 15230 N.E. 24th St., Redmond, from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 16.

• Thai Ginger at Redmond Town Center, 16480 N.E. 74th St., from 8-11 p.m. Aug. 20.

Before a measles vaccine was developed in the late 1950s, the U.S. had about 500,000 reported cases and hundreds of deaths a year, Duchin said. But children are now vaccinated twice, and the disease today is rare.

Measles spreads through the air and through secretions from the nose and throat. Symptoms start eight to 21 days after exposure. Those with the illness have a fever, cough or watery eyes, and then two to four days later a rash appears. People are contagious four days before the rash appears and four days after the rash appears.

Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567 or abach@seattletimes.com

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