Health officials in Clark County, WA report investigating a confirmed case of measles in a child. The child, whose immunization status is unverified, traveled to Clark County from outside of the country in late December.

Clark County, Washington Image/David Benbennick
Clark County, Washington
Image/David Benbennick

Clark County Public Health is advising people who visited the PeaceHealth Urgent Care – Memorial, 3400 Main St., Vancouver from noon to 5:30 pm Monday, Dec. 31 may have been exposed to measles.

They are advising 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.

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Measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious illness caused by a virus. It is spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. A person with measles can spread the virus before they show symptoms. The virus also can linger in the air after someone who is infectious has left.

Immunization is the best protection against measles. One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles. Two doses are about 97 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.