UPDATE (Monday, February 18, 2019, at 8:10 am, Pacific Time) – The Clark County Public Health Service has identified several new confirmed cases of measles. This brings the epidemic in the Vancouver area to 61 confirmed cases. The agency said it was not investigating suspicious cases.
Most of these new confirmed cases involve people under 18 years of age. But one of the new confirmed cases is an adult aged 30 to 39 years.
The majority of confirmed measles cases involve unimmunized individuals, but one of the new cases had one of the two recommended doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
With these new confirmed cases of measles, Clark County Public Health has identified three new sites where people may have been exposed to the disease:
- Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 NE 139th Street, Vancouver, from 7pm to 10pm. Thursday, February 14 and from 10:30 to 15:45 Friday, February 15.
- Image Elementary School, from Monday, February 11 to Friday, February 15
- Pacific Middle School from Monday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 15
A complete list of the exhibition sites is available here.
The health department confirmed the new cases of measles just as the rate of increase was slowing down.
In the meantime, the Washington legislature this week introduced a bill to prevent parents from making a personal or philosophical objection to vaccinating their school-age children against measles. Washington and Oregon are among the 17 states that allow such exemptions.