In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Clark County, WA, an additional confirmed case in a child was reported today by county health officials.
This brings the total to 23 since Jan. 1. In addition, two suspect cases are under investigation.
Twenty of the 23 cases were not vaccinated against measles.
People who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:
Kaiser Cascade Park Medical Office, 12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver 12:30 to 7:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 19.
Dollar Tree, 7809-B Vancouver Plaza Drive, Vancouver from 6:30 to 9:10 pm Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Portland International Airport, 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland 7:30 to 11 pm Tuesday, Jan.15. More specifically, baggage claim and south end of the ticket counter (near Alaska Airlines and Starbucks).
Costco, 4849 NE 138th Ave., Portland 5:30 to 8:40 pm Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Measles can be serious in all age groups. However, children younger than 5 years and adults older than 20 years are more likely to suffer from measles complications. Common complications of measles include ear infection, pneumonia and diarrhea. As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children. About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability. Measles may cause pregnant women to give birth prematurely or to have a low-birth-weight baby.
In 2017, there were 110,000 measles deaths worldwide, mostly among children younger than 5, according to the World Health Organization.
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