Measles investigation expands to 21 confirmed cases; new exposure sites identified
Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 21 confirmed cases and four suspect cases.
Here are the details of the confirmed cases:
- 1 to 10 years: 16 cases
- 11 to 18 years: four cases
- 19 to 29 years: one case
- Unverified: three cases
- Unimmunized: 18 cases
Hospitalization: one case
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.
Public Health has identified additional locations where people may have been exposed to measles. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage.
Here are the new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:
Health care facilities:
Vancouver Clinic Columbia Tech Center, 501 SE 172nd Ave., Vancouver from 11:30 am to 4 pm Friday, Jan. 11
Slavic Christian Academy, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver on Monday, Jan. 7.
Evergreen High School, 14300 NE 18th St., Vancouver on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
GracePoint Christian Church, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday, Jan. 7.
Public Health is requiring exclusion of students and staff without documented immunity to measles from only those schools identified as possible exposure sites. Students and staff excluded from those identified schools are also excluded from other schools, child care and other congregate settings. Students and staff at schools where measles exposure did not occur are not impacted by exclusions.
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.
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.
Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their local county health department:
Clark County Public Health, 360.397.8021
Multnomah County Public Health, 503.988.3406
Washington County Public Health, 503.846.3594
Clackamas County Public Health, 503.655.8411