No new cases identified in Pacific NW measles outbreak


    FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019 file photo, a sign prohibiting all children under 12 and unvaccinated adults stands at the entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Clark County Public Health has not identified any new measles cases or new exposure locations in its ongoing outbreak investigation.

    Public Health spokeswoman Marissa Armstrong released a statement Monday saying the number of cases of the highly contagious viral illness remains 61.

    Clark County, in southwestern Washington, has been the epicenter of the outbreak that began on Dec. 31, 2018.

    Of the 61 cases confirmed in Clark County, 54 were not immunized against measles. Immunization status couldn't be verified for five cases, and two cases involved a child who had received only a single dose of the MMR vaccine.

    The majority of confirmed Clark County cases — 44 — involve children between the ages of 1 and 10.

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