Clark County Public Health has identified six new confirmed cases of measles in the current measles research, according to a Saturday afternoon press release. That makes a total of 59 cases confirmed since January 1 plus a suspicious case.
Public Health has identified a new location where people may have been exposed to measles: The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver, from 7 to 10 pm 14 February and from 10.30 to 15.45. 15 February.
For a full list of exposure sites, go to: columbian.com/news/2019/jan/29/measles-exposure-sites/.
Confirmed Clark County cases now include: 43 in the age of 1 to 10; 13 between the ages of 11 and 18; one between 19 and 29 years; and two between ages 30 and 39. There is also a confirmed case in King County and four in Multnomah County, Ore.
Fifty-two of the confirmed cases were not immunized. Immunization status could not be verified in five cases. Two cases concerned people who received a single dose of the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella; Public Health does not provide additional information about these two cases to protect the privacy of patients.
For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health's measles research site at Clark.wa.gov/Public-Health/Measles-Investigation.
What to do if you may have been infected
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of the non-vaccinated people who are exposed to the measles virus get the disease. The virus lives in the nasal and throat mucosa of an infected person and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughs or sneezes.
Health officials urge anyone who is exposed at a particular location and believes that they have measles symptoms to call their healthcare provider before they go to the medical office to make a plan that prevents others from being exposed in the waiting room.
If you are unsure of the immunization status of your family, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at wa.MyIR.net or request a copy of your immunization record at the Washington State Department of Health.
Anyone who has questions about the infection of measles or the vaccine against measles should contact the doctor or a local health service:
Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.
Multnomah County, Ore., Public Health, 503-988-3406.
Washington County, Ore., Public Health, 503-846-3594.
Clackamas County, Ore., Public Health, 503-655-8411.
Clark County Public Health has regularly updated the list of locations where people may have been exposed to measles. There are dozens of locations in total, including hospitals, Portland International Airport and several schools.
Public Health has set up a call center for questions regarding the research. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360-397-8021. The call center is open daily.
For a full list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health Anemia website at www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Measles/MeaslesOutbreak.
The symptoms of measles start with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by rash that usually starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms.
People are contagious with measles for four days before and up to four days after the result appears. After someone has been exposed to measles, the disease develops after about one to three weeks.