VANCOUVER, Wash. – Health officials confirmed another two cases of measles in Clark County on Saturday. There are now 70 confirmed cases in the outbreak. There are currently no suspect cases.
Clark County Public Health also identified The Vancouver Clinic at 700 NE 87th Ave. as a new location where people may have been exposed to measles. Measles exposure at this location may have occurred from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. <
Officials say 61 of the patients were not immunized, and seven are not verified to have had the vaccine, and two patients had only one dose of the MMR vaccines.
The CDC says one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective, while having two doses of the vaccine is 97 percent effective. Children typically receive the first MMR vaccine at one year to 15 months old, and the second dose from 4 to 6 years of age.
Most of the cases involve kids under 10 years old, 15 cases are youth ages 11 to 18, one case is someone 19 to 29 years old, and three cases are for people between 30 and 39 years old.
Measles is highly contagious and can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can remain in the air for up to two hours.
Symptoms start with a fever and malaise followed by a rash that begins at the head and moves down the body.
If you or your child show signs of measles, call your health care provider before coming in so they can limit exposing anyone else in the waiting room.
If you have any further questions about the measles, call your local health department:
- Clark County Public Health: (360) 397-8021
- Clackamas County Public Health: (503) 655-8411
- Multnomah County Public Health: (503) 988-3406
- Washington County Public Health: (503) 846-3594