Clark County measles case count up to 35 confirmed; 11 suspected

New locations also identified where people may have been exposed

VANCOUVER — Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspect cases have been identified. Public Health has also identified several new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Area lawmakers issue statement on measles outbreak

With the measles outbreak in Clark County continuing to grow, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation Friday morning declaring a State of Emergency.

The proclamation directed the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan to be implemented, which allows state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist in prevention and response efforts.

There are now 34 confirmed cases of measles across Clark County. Friday evening, the following lawmakers from Washington’s 17th and 18th Legislative Districts issued the statement below:

  • Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center
  • Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver
  • Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver
  • Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver
  • Rep. Larry Hoff, R-Vancouver

“We appreciate Governor Inslee issuing a State of Emergency this morning. The outbreak of measles in our local communities is extremely concerning, but we are thankful every resource has been made available to help the Department of Health respond quickly and effectively.

“The governor’s proclamation not only provides essential resources and personnel, but also brings a heightened public awareness about this dangerous and preventable disease. While this is an uncertain and unfortunate time for many across our county, this State of Emergency will help reduce the spread and length of the outbreak. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

For more information about the measles outbreak in Clark County, as well as resources on how you can prevent its spread, click here to visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website.

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Here are the details of the confirmed cases:

Age

  • 1 to 10 years: 25 cases
  • 11 to 18 years: nine cases
  • 19 to 29 years: one case

Immunization status

  • Unverified: four cases
  • Unimmunized: 31 cases
  • Hospitalization: one case

Public Health has identified several additional locations where people may have been exposed to measles. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:

Child care centers

  • St. Paul Christian Daycare, 1309 Franklin St., Vancouver: Wed., Jan. 16; Thu., Jan. 17; Fri., Jan. 18; Wed., Jan. 23
  • Yelena’s Daycare, 17007 NE 23rd St., Vancouver: Tue., Jan. 22; Wed., Jan. 23

Health care facilities

  • Kaiser Orchards Medical Office, 7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver from 1:55 to 6:10 p.m. Mon., Jan. 14.
  • The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 NE 139th St., Vancouver: 8:15 a.m. to noon Fri., Jan. 18; 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23

Other locations

  • Vancouver Division of Children, Youth and Families, 907 Harney St., Vancouver from 12:15 to 5:15 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18.
  • Golden Corral, 11801 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver from 4 to 9 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19.
  • Vancouver Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office, 5411 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver from 2:50 to 6:15 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23.
  • Tower Mall public areas (entrances, hallways), 5411 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver from 2:50 to 6:15 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19.
  • New Life Mission Church, 3300 NE 172nd Place, Portland from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20.
  • Trader Joes, 305 SE Chkalov Drive, Vancouver from 12:30 to 3:40 p.m. Mon., Jan. 21.
  • Dollar Tree, 305 SE Chkalov Drive, Vancouver from 1:10 to 4 p.m. Mon., Jan. 21.
  • Walmart Supercenter, 14505 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver 1:30 to 5 p.m. Mon., Jan. 21.

Additional resources

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call (360) 397-8021. The call center is open daily.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

If you are unsure of your family’s immunization status, you can view, download and print your family’s immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Information courtesy of Clark Co. WA Communications.

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