VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark County health officials confirmed four more measles cases as the outbreak continues to grow, making for 47 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases since the beginning of the year.
Since January 23, there has been one confirmed case in King County, upping the overall total in Washington state to 48 confirmed cases. << Full list of potential exposure sites in King County
Clark County health officials said they have not found any other possible exposure sites that the patients visited while contagious. << Full list of exposure sites in Clark County
According to officials, 41 of the patients were not immunized, five weren’t verified to have had the vaccine, and one patient had the first dose of the vaccine.
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.
Clark County Public Health said most of the patients are children under 10 years old, 12 cases involve kids ages 11-18 and one case is in an adult between the ages of 19 and 29.
“Measles can be so contagious that you can be in a room, and if you’re susceptible, two hours after someone with measles left, and still get the disease,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, the director of public health for Clark County.
Measles symptoms begin with a mild fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash.
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.
Call your local health department with any other questions about measles:
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
Public Health – Seattle & King County: (206) 296-4600