No new measles cases as incubation period ends

first_imgThe incubation period for the latest case of measles has ended without any additional diagnoses of the disease.The first confirmed case of measles was a Clark County infant diagnosed Feb. 14 after returning from a family trip to India. The second case was a Vancouver teenager who was exposed to the contagious infant at a medical clinic. He was diagnosed March 3.Measles has a seven- to 21-day incubation period, meaning people exposed to the disease may not show symptoms for up to three weeks after exposure. The incubation period for the second case ended Sunday.“I’m hoping, being that we’re at the end of the incubation period, that we won’t have any more cases,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County’s health officer.However, Melnick said he can’t rule out the possibility of another person coming down with the disease, which is highly contagious and affects the respiratory system.“There could, theoretically, be someone who got the measles in the interim and never came to a physician,” he said. “There’s always that possibility, but it’s not likely.”last_img read more