VANCOUVER, Washington – The Clark County Public Health Department confirmed two new cases of measles on Sunday, bringing to 61 the number of cases identified since the beginning of the year.
The officials also identified two new places where infectious patients went and exposed others to measles.
At this stage, most cases involve children under 10 years of age. According to the authorities, 14 of the cases concerned children between the ages of 11 and 18, one aged between 19 and 29, and two cases between 30 and 39 years old.
Records show that 54 of the patients were not immunized, that it was not established that five people had been vaccinated and that two cases presented only the first MMR vaccine.
The two new places where contagious patients had visited were:
Image Elementary School, 4400 NE 122nd Ave., Vancouver on Monday, February 11; Tuesday, February 12; Wednesday, February 13; Thursday, February 14; and Friday, February 15th.
Pacific Middle School, NE 172nd Avenue 2017, Vancouver on Monday, February 11th; Tuesday, February 12; and Wednesday, February 13th.
You can find a complete list of online exhibition sites.
The symptoms of measles begin with a mild fever, a cough, a 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 so that he can limit the exposure of anyone else in the waiting room.
According to the CDC, one dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective, while two doses of the vaccine are 97% effective. Children usually receive the first MMR vaccine for 1 to 15 months and the second dose for 4 to 6 years.
If you have any other questions about 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