Health officials affirm 64 cases of the measles in Clark Co., two suspected cases

Health officials have recognized another measles case in Clark County on Thursday, making for 64 affirmed cases since the beginning of the year.

Clark County Public Health says they are also investigating two suspected cases of the disease.

While officials have not recognized any new areas where individuals may have been exposed to the measles, there are a few areas and dates over the Vancouver and Portland metro areas. You can find a complete list online.

Officials say 56 of the patients were not immunized, and six are not verified to have had the vaccine, and two patients had only one dose of the MMR vaccines.

The CDC says one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective, while having two doses of the vaccine is 97 percent effective. Children typically receive the first MMR vaccine at one year to 15 months old, and the second dose from 4 to 6 years of age.

The vast majority of the cases include kids under 10 years old, 15 cases are youth ages 11 to 18, one case is somebody 19 to 29 years of old, and two cases are for people between 30 and 39 years old.

Measles is profoundly infectious and can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can remain in the air for up to two hours.

Symptoms begin with a fever and disquietude pursued by a rash that starts at the head and moves down the body.

If you or your child show signs of measles, call your health care provider before coming in so they can limit exposing anyone else in the waiting room.