Number of Confirmed Measles Cases in Clark County Rises to 70
According to health officials’ confirmation, another two cases of measles in Clark County on Saturday. In total, there are 70 confirmed cases in the outbreak. As of now, there are currently no suspect cases.
Clark County Public Health also has spotted The Vancouver Clinic at 700 NE 87th Ave. as a new location where people may have been exposed to measles. Measles exposure at this location may have occurred from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
According to officials, 61 of the patients were not immunized, and seven are not verified to have had the vaccine, and two patients had only one dose of the MMR vaccines.
As per CDC, one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective, and having two doses of the vaccine is 97 percent effective. It should be noted that 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.
It should be reported that most of the cases involve kids less than ten years old, 15 cases are youth ages 11 to 18, one case is someone 19 to 29 years old, and three cases are for people between 30 and 39 years old.
Measles is highly contagious, and it can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus has the potential to remain in the air for up to two hours.
Symptoms of Measles start with a fever and malaise followed by a rash that begins at the head and moves down the body.
It is advised to call your health care provider before coming in if you or your child show signs of measles so that they can limit exposing anyone else in the waiting room.
For clarification into further queries about measles, it is advised to call at below given numbers-
- 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