A child in Clark County is suspected of having measles, according to public health officials. They think the child got the infection from someone in Multnomah County, where two cases of measles were identified last week.
Clark County Public Health pinpointed three retail locations in Vancouver where residents might have been exposed to measles:
- Between 2 and 5 p.m. June 27 at JC Penney, 19005 SE Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.
- Between noon and 3 p.m. June 28 at Ross Dress for Less, 4708 NE Thurston Way in Vancouver.
- Between noon and 3 p.m. June 28 at Svitoch, 4804 NE Thurston Way in Vancouver.
A person who contracted measles while outside of the U.S. is believed to have spread the virus unknowingly. Measles symptoms sometimes take weeks to show.
Nine days after the first case, a second case was identified in a person who caught measles from a Gresham child care center the first person visited.
There were about 40 people known to have been exposed who’ve not been immunized, county health officials said last Monday.
The virus can spread through the air when someone sneezes or coughs and can remain in the air after an infected person leaves, the health department said. Symptoms include coughing, fever, runny nose and a rash that typically appears first on the head and spreads to the rest of the body.
The virus can lead to ear and lung infections, diarrhea and possibly brain swelling if it isn’t treated.
If you think you are infected, call a doctor or emergency room first before visiting to avoid exposing people in the waiting room to the virus. Questions about the virus can be referred to local county health departments.
-Multnomah County (503-988-3406)
-Clackamas County (503-655-8411)
-Washington County (503-846-3594)
-Clark County (360-397-8182)
— Molly Harbarger