Clark County Measles Outbreak Now At 64 Confirmed Cases


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The number of people infected by the measles in Clark County has reached 64 confirmed cases. 46 of the cases are children younger than 11 years old, 15 between the ages of 12-18, 1 between the ages of 19-29, and two between the ages of 30-39. 56 of these cases were from unvaccinated people and six were unverified. The vaccine is 93% effective, so only 2 cases came from vaccinated people.

Health officials have urged people who are showing signs of measles to check the list of exposure sites, and call your doctors office if you believe you could have contracted it. Calling the office first reduces the risk of you passing along the disease to others, as you shouldn't be kept in the same waiting room as others.

According to a report by The Columbian, 90% of unvaccinated people will contract the measles from another infected person. Infected persons are contagious four days before and after the rash will show up on your body and takes about 3 weeks to develop. Those with the virus can infect people before symptoms begin to show. Symptoms include a high 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.