Measles case confirmed in child with MMR vaccine

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark County Health Officials now say they’ve confirmed 42 cases of measles and the latest confirmed case is in a child who has had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. They are also investigating seven other suspected cases as the outbreak continues to grow.

Those who are infected visited several public locations while contagious.

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Officials say they have not identified any new exposure sites since Thursday.

According to officials, 31 of the measles cases involve kids under 10 years old, ten cases are in youth ages 11 to 18, and one case is someone over 19 years old.

Officials say 37 of those were not immunized, one case is in a person who has had a vaccine, and four cases are not verified to have had the vaccine.

Measles symptoms begin with a mild fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash.

If you have any further questions about the measles, call your local health department:

  • 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

Oregon residents can visit the Oregon Health Authority website to find out if they're vaccinated.

"Measles can be so contagious that you can be in a room, and if you’re susceptible, two hours after someone with measles left, and still get the disease," said Dr. Alan Melnick, the director of public health for Clark County.

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