From Washington State Department of Health
Tragic outcome for immunocompromised patient shows need for community protection
The death of a Clallam County woman this spring was due to an undetected measles infection that was discovered at autopsy.
The woman was most likely exposed to measles at a local medical facility during a recent outbreak in Clallam County.
She was there at the same time as a person who later developed a rash and was contagious for measles.
The woman had several other health conditions and was on medications that contributed to a suppressed immune system.
The last confirmed measles death in the United States was reported in 2003.
This tragic situation illustrates the importance of immunizing as many people as possible to provide a high level of community protection against measles. Continue reading