Apr. 19, 2019
Student Returning from International Trip May Have Been Exposed to Measles
A Central Washington University student who recently returned from international travel was reported to have been exposed to measles. The student was not vaccinated against measles and does not live on campus. At this time the student is not ill and cannot transmit the measles virus to anyone else. The Kittitas County Public Health Department and the Washington State Department of Health are investigating the case to confirm the exposure.
Because the student was not vaccinated against the measles, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has required the student to be quarantined off campus until the risk of developing measles and transmitting the disease is past. KCPHD is working closely with CWU Student Medical Clinic to ensure the rules of quarantine are followed while also safeguarding the health and well-being of the student.
For information about the measles, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.
It is recommended that everyone review their MMR immunization status to confirm they are up to date. Often parents and/or healthcare providers maintain copies of vaccination records.
If you are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated, you may call the CWU Student Medical Clinic at 509-963-1881 to schedule an appointment to receive your MMR vaccine.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Student Medical Clinic, 509-963-1881 or the Kittitas County Public Health Department, 509-962-7515.
Shawnté Elbert, MA, MCHES, CHWC, TTS
Associate Dean of Health and Wellness
Central Washington University
Kristin Karns, ARNP
Interim Medical Director
CWU Medical & Counseling Clinic