The measles outbreak reaches 63 patients in Clark County and three additional exposure sites



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VANCOUVER, Wash. – Health authorities have identified another case of measles in Clark County, bringing the total outbreak to 63 confirmed cases since the beginning of 2019.

Officials say that they are also investigating another suspected case of the disease.

There are also three other places listed where patients were visited when they were contagious:

  • Vancouver Clinic Washougal, 291 C St., Washougal from 7:10 am to 10:35 am Thursday, February 14th.
  • The Vancouver Clinic, 700 NE 87th Ave., Vancouver from 1:50 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, February 18th.
  • Burton Elementary School, 14015 NE 28th St., Vancouver on Monday, February 11th; Tuesday, February 12; Wednesday, February 13th.

You can find a complete list of all potential exhibition sites and times on the Clark County Health website.

Of those infected, 55 patients were not immunized, it was not verified that the vaccine had been administered and one patient received only the first MMR vaccine.

Most cases involve people under 10, while 15 cases involve children aged 11 to 18, one aged 19 to 29, and two people over the age of 30.

The Oregon Health Authority said it has identified four measles cases related to the regional outbreak in Multnomah County, and a doctor in King County. In total, there are 68 regional cases related to the epidemic.

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 they 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

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