Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 31 confirmed cases and eight suspect cases. Public Health has also identified one new location where people may have been exposed to measles.
Here are the details of the confirmed cases:
- 1 to 10 years: 21 cases
- 11 to 18 years: nine cases
- 19 to 29 years: one case
- Unverified: four cases
- Unimmunized: 27 cases
Hospitalization: one case
Public Health has identified one additional location where people may have been exposed to measles. 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.
Here is the new location where people may have been exposed to measles:
Health care facility:
- Legacy GoHealth Urgent Care Cascade Park, 305 SE Chkalov Drive, Vancouver from 6:25 to 10:15 pm Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The implementation of an automated call system to notify people who may have been exposed to measles was delayed earlier this week. That system will be activated this afternoon.
Beginning today, people who have been identified as possibly being exposed to measles may 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). Those who miss the automated call should not try to call Public Health. They will receive a second automated call later. Those who receive the calls will be asked whether they were at a specific location on a certain date and time, as well as their immunization status and the immunization statuses of household members who were at the location with them.
The calls will be available in English, Russian and Spanish. The automated calls will allow Public Health to more efficiently contact people who may have been exposed and identify possible new cases sooner.
For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authority measles webpage. For information about other measles cases in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health measles webpage.
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.
Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.
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.