Public health emergency declared over measles outbreak

Public health emergency declared over measles outbreak

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — County officials have declared a public health emergency in response to a measles outbreak in southwestern Washington.

Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring made the declaration Friday afternoon to ensure the county’s public health office has adequate resources from outside the region if necessary to continue its response.

Officials will keep providing daily updates on its measles investigation webpage .

As of Sunday, 21 cases had been confirmed. Four more cases are suspected. The majority of those infected are children who were not vaccinated again the disease.

— Ages of patients with measles:
— 1 to 10 years: 16 cases
— 11 to 18 years: four cases
— 19 to 29 years: one case

— Immunization status of patients:
— Unverified: three cases
— Unimmunized: 18 cases

People who visited nearly 30 locations in southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon may have been exposed.

Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed 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.

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and rash.

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