Potential measles case is under investigation in Clark County

Clark County Public Health is investigating a potential case of measles in a young child.

The child, who is up to date on immunizations, was exposed by an individual later confirmed to have measles in Multnomah County.

Clark County Public Health is 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.

People who visited three public locations may have been exposed to measles. Those locations include JCPenney, 19005 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, from 2 to 5 p.m., on June 27; Ross Dress for Less, 4708 N.E. Thurston Way, Vancouver, from noon to 3 p.m., on June 28; and Svitoch European Bakery, 4804 N.E. Thurston Way, Vancouver, from noon to 3 pm on June 28.

Measles symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. After someone is exposed, illness develops in about one to three weeks.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or Clark County Public Health at (564) 397-8182.