Young child may have measles in Vancouver area, others could've been exposed

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Public health officials are investigating a possible case of measles in Clark County, and they are asking anyone who may have been exposed that might have symptoms to call their doctor.

Officials said the child is up-to-date on immunizations, but was exposed to one of the people confirmed to have measles in Multnomah County.

They say anyone who went to these locations at the following times may have been exposed:

  • JCPenney, 19005 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, from 2 to 5 pm on June 27
  • Ross Dress for Less, 4708 NE Thurston Way, Vancouver, from noon to 3 pm on June 28
  • Svitoch, 4804 NE Thurston Way, Vancouver, from noon to 3 pm on June 28

Dr. Rachel Wood, who is helping Clark County with the investigation, said the child is under ten and only had the first dose of the vaccine.

"They had a fever, then broke out into a rash illness," Dr. Wood said.

Outside the Ross store, Vitali Turlic said there is a large population of Eastern European immigrants in the area. He said some have chosen not to vaccinate.

"Parents should be responsible for their children and make sure all of them are vaccinated," Turlic said.

Below is more information on the measles from Clark County Public Health:

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious illness caused by a virus. It is spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. A person with measles can spread the virus before they show symptoms. The virus can also linger in the air after someone who is infectious has left.

Measles poses the highest risk to people who have not been vaccinated, pregnant women, infants younger than 12 months and people with weakened immune systems. Persons are likely immune (not susceptible) to measles if any of the following apply:

  • They were born before 1957
  • They are certain they have had measles
  • They are up to date on measles vaccines (one dose for children 12 months through 3 years old, two doses in anyone 4 years and older)

After someone is exposed, illness develops in about one to three weeks.

Measles symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.

Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication. For every 1,000 children with measles, one or two will die from the disease.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or Clark County Public Health at (564) 397-8182.


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