UPDATE – Friday 2/1/19 – The number of confirmed cases of the Measles now stands at 42, with seven more suspected. Clark County Public Health says there are no new possible exposure sites.
UPDATE – Thursday 1/31/19 – The number of confirmed cases is now up to 41, with 15 more suspected. Clark County Public Health also says there is one new area of possible exposure:
PM UPDATE – Wednesday 1/30/19 – Clark County Public Health reports 38 cases of the Measles have now been confirmed, 13 more are suspected. They’ve also added two new locations in Bend where people may have been exposed to the disease. They are:
Clark County, Washington – Measles Update 1/30/19 5:10am – Another person in Clark County has been diagnosed with the Measles, bringing the total number of confirmed cases up to 36. One more exposure site was identified yesterday, the “Word of Grace Bible Church” in Battle Ground on January 20th. But Health officials tell KGW it’s safe to go to the exposure sites now because the virus only lives in the air for only a couple hours. Doctors say if you’re not sure you got the vaccine when you were younger, you can get another shot. It won’t do any harm.
Read previous updates below:
UPDATE – Tuesday 1/29/19 – 12:50 PM – Clark County Public Health says the number of confirmed cases has grown to 36, with 12 more suspected cases. They’ve also identified one new location where people may have been exposed to the disease:
Word of Grace Bible Church, 1317 NW 12th Ave., Battle Ground: Jan. 20 9:30 am to 2 pm
UPDATE – Tuesday 1/29/19 – The Clark County measles outbreak has crossed the ocean. Oregon Live reports two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in kids who traveled to the Big Island from Washington state. Doctor Sara Park State epidemiologist for Hawaii, said Washington public health officials told her office, the family had been exposed to measles as part of the ongoing Clark County outbreak.
Someone who may have measles visited an indoor trampoline park and fitness center in Bend January 19th and 20th, still waiting for test results to say for sure. Two unvaccinated kids from Washington came down with measles while on the Big Island in Hawaii, the family was quarantined but has since been allowed to head home. Health official are urging people to get vaccinated. 35 confirmed cases of measles in Clark County, one in Multnomah County another up in King County Washington. A Vancouver lawmaker has introduced a bill in Olympia that would ban personal exemptions for the measles vaccine.
Monday, January 28th, 2019 – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, 35 confirmed cases have been confirmed. There are also 11 more suspected cases. Public Health has also identified several new locations where people may have been exposed to measles:
Child care centers:
Health care facilities:
Here are the details of the confirmed cases:
Clark County, Wa- UPDATE – 1/28/19 – The Measles outbreak continues to grow, now up to 34 confirmed cases in Clark County. Including three more cases announced in Vancouver on Sunday. Harvard researcher Dr. Marc Lipsitch tells KGW, watching the disease spread like this is frustrating because there is already a cure for it. The Columbian reports this outbreak has already cost Clark County medical offices more than $100,000. Officials warn the cost could reach seven figures. Clark County Public Health has now confirmed 34 cases of the Measles, and suspect 9 more. They’ve also identified several new locations of possible exposure. They are:
The other big update from late Friday night: State health officials say a case of the measles has been confirmed in a resident of Multnomah County.
UPDATE – 1/25/19 6:30 PM –
State health officials say a case of the measles has been confirmed in a resident of Multnomah County.
The Oregon Health Authority said Friday the agency is working with Multnomah and other agencies to notify people of their potential exposure and help them take steps to prevent exposing others if they become ill.
The person while contagious visited Legacy GoHealth in Gresham and Fred Meyer in Wood Village Sunday and on Wednesday visited Gresham Troutdale Family Medical Center in Troutdale and the Walgreens Pharmacy in Troutdale.
No additional cases of measles have been identified in Oregon.
Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, Washington, has reported 30 confirmed cases of measles since the beginning of the year.
Anyone who has never been vaccinated is at risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.
UPDATE – 1/25/19 12:00 PM –
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has grown to 30, with nine more cases suspected.
Clark County Public Health said Friday that 29 of the cases are in southwest Washington and one confirmed case is in King County, which is home to Seattle.
The majority of the cases involve children younger than 10.
Officials say 26 of the patients were not vaccinated against the highly contagious disease and in four cases it’s unclear whether the person was vaccinated.
Measles is a highly contagious viral illness spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space.
The full vaccine is 97 percent effective and provides immunity for life.
Update 1/24/19 – Two new cases of the Measles have been confirmed in Clark County. That pushes the total number of confirmed cases to 25. There are also 12 suspected cases still under investigation. There are no new exposure locations.
UPDATE – Wednesday, 1/23/19 – There are no new confirmed cases of the measles, But Clark County Public Health says they still have seven suspected cases. Since January 1st, 23 people have been confirmed with the illness. 20 of the 23 were not immunized.
Clark County, Washington (Update 1/22/19 – 2:130pm) The number of confirmed measles cases in Clark County is now up to 23, up from 19 last week. There are also several new places where people might’ve been exposed, all in Vancouver. Including at “ORCHARDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL” on January 14th, “THE DOLLAR TREE” on Northeast 76th the evening of January 15th, “MEMORIAL URGENT CARE” this past Saturday afternoon, “Kaiser Cascade Park Medical Office” Saturday from 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm, “Portland International Airport” baggage claim and south end ticket counter (near Alaska Airlines and Starbucks) on Tuesday the 15th from 7:30 pm to 11 pm, and the “Costco” on NE 138th Avenue January 16th from 5:30 to 8:40. Alan Melnick tells KXL’s Jacob Dean he’s not surprised to see the cases jump, he expects the number to continue to rise in the near future because it’s an evolving outbreak.
The Evergreen School District is now limiting visitors, audiences, and fans at school events to try to get ahead of the outbreak. Four schools within Evergreen Public Schools – Evergreen High School, Hearthwood, Image and Orchards Elementary Schools- have been notified as sites of potential exposure to measles. Students and staff are already required to have proof of immunization or immunity to attend school.
To reduce the potential spread of measles, Clark County Public Health is advising any individual who has had exposure to any of the 22 confirmed measles cases in Clark County to not attend any school performance or event-including all sports matches, meets and games- unless they have proof of immunization or immunity. This restriction will stay in place at Evergreen High School, Hearthwood and Image Elementary Schools until January 30, and Orchards Elementary School until February 5.
(Update 1/21/19 – 2pm) – Another jump in the number of measles cases in Clark county. The number is now up to 22 confirmed cases with three more suspected. There are also new locations were the public may have been exposed to the Measles. Including two schools in Battleground, and at Evergreen high school in Vancouver. See details on dates and times below. Doctors tell KGW all but one of the confirmed cases involve kids under the age of 18 who were not vaccinated. Health officials have declared the outbreak a public health emergency and urge parents to get their kids their shots.
Beginning Tuesday, people who have been identified as possibly being exposed to measles will receive an automated call from Clark County Public Health. Not everyone who may have been exposed will receive the call.
The automated call will come from the county call center (360.397.8021) at 10:30 am. People who are not reached at 10:30 am will receive a second call at 1 pm. Those who receive the calls will be asked whether they are showing symptoms of measles. The automated calls will allow Public Health to more efficiently gather information about symptoms and identify possible new cases sooner.
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.
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:
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:
Update: January 19, 2019 —
Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 19 confirmed cases and five suspect cases. No additional cases have been confirmed since the update Friday, Jan. 18. Two suspect cases were ruled out by lab results.
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland has been removed from the list of potential exposure sites. Public Health learned Randall Children’s Hospital was notified in advance of the potential measles patient and was able to take prevention measures to ensure others were not exposed to the patient.
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Update: January 17, 2019 — Clark County Public Health Officials announcing Thursday there are now 16 confirmed cases and five suspected cases, all among children.
Two more schools have been added to the list of possible exposure sites:
And two more medical facilities also added to the list of possible exposure sites:
At this time, it’s unclear whether these cases are connected. This is an ongoing outbreak investigation. Public Health will provide updates as additional information becomes available. Public Health has created a webpage dedicated to the measles investigation that contains the latest information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
Previous information is listed below.
Vancouver, Wash. — Clark County Public Health Officials announcing Wednesday there are 14 confirmed cases of measles and 3 suspected cases reported in the county.
The 14 confirmed cases are all children. 12 are children under the age of 10, 2 are between 11 and 18 years old.
13 of the confirmed cases are also children who are unimmunized.
The patents visited locations all over the Portland and Vancouver area including 5 schools.
The following is a list of locations and dates where people may have been exposed.
Public Health is requiring exclusion of students and staff without documented immunity to measles from schools, child care and other congregate settings.
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 hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily, including weekends.