Washington State Reports First U.S. Measles Death in 12 Years

Public health officials said on Thursday that a previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years. The state Health Department said in a statement on its website that the woman from Clallam County, in northwestern Washington, was most likely exposed to measles at a medical facility during a recent outbreak in the area. She was there at the same time as another person who turned out to have been contagious with the virus.