VANCOUVER, Wash. – Health officials identified another measles case in Clark County on Saturday. There are now 65 confirmed cases in the outbreak and one suspected case.
While officials have not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to the measles, there are several locations and dates across the Vancouver and Portland metro areas. You can find a complete list online.
Officials say 57 of the patients were not immunized, and six 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 two 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