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Health officials warn about measles

Local health officials are warning area residents that a person with a confirmed case of measles visited the Portland metro area between August 14 and 17.

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. People who were in the same locations as the contagious traveler should be aware of their measles vaccination history and be alert to any symptoms. If symptoms appear such as an unexplained rash, fever and cough, they should call their health care provider or urgent care facility first to avoid exposing other people.

The contagious traveler visited the Portland metro area for the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest Juniors Sectional Tennis Tournament in Washington County. People who were at any of the following locations at these dates and times were possibly exposed:

Thursday, August 15

· 7:30-10:00 am – continental breakfast at Shilo Hotel (Canyon Road)

·9:15 -1:45 pm – West View High School tennis courts

·12:00-2:30 pm—Michael’s Craft Store (Evergreen)

·12:30-3:00 pm – Sports Authority (next to Michael’s)

·1:15-4:00 pm – Sweet Tomatoes (Beaverton)

·2:10-5:15 pm –West View High School tennis courts

·3:30-7:30 pm – West Hills Tennis Club

·7:00-9:45 pm –Fred Meyer on Walker/158th

Friday, August 16

·7:00-9:30 am- continental breakfast at Shilo hotel (Canyon Road)

·8:30-12:00 pm – Jesuit High School tennis courts

·12:00-3:00 pm --West View High School tennis courts

·1:15-3:45 pm Sun Teriyaki (next door to Fred Meyer/158th)

·1:15-3:45 pm Best Teriyaki (next door to Fred Meyer/158th)

·4:00-8:30 pm -West View High School tennis courts

·7:00-9:30 pm – Fred Meyer on Walker/158th

Saturday, August 17

·7:30-10:00 am – continental breakfast at Shilo hotel (Canyon Road)

·9:30-1:00 pm - West View High School tennis courts

·1:30-4:30 pm - Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus tennis courts

·2:40-5:00 pm – Baskin Robbins (Walker Rd)

·4:00-6:45 pm - Target (SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy)

·5:30-9:00 pm - Washington Mall (especially Footlocker, Champs, H&M, Game Stop, Apple, Pac Sun, and food court)

Because most people in our area have been vaccinated against measles, the risk to the general public is low. However, Measles poses the highest risk to people who have not been vaccinated, to pregnant women, infants under 12 months and people with weakened immune systems. You are considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply to you:

1. You were born before 1957 or;

2. You are certain you have had the measles or;

3.You have been fully vaccinated for measles (two doses).

“Measles is a serious disease that was eliminated from circulation in the United States thanks to routine childhood vaccination,’’ said Dr. Jennifer Vines, Washington County Health Officer. “When we see measles today, it is rare and usually the result of a person who was not vaccinated being exposed while traveling outside the United States. Because measles is so contagious, high levels of immunity in the community are needed to prevent its spread.”

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider or their local county health department.

Clackamas County Public Health 503-655-8411

Clark County Public Health 360-397-8022

Multnomah County Public Health 503-988-3406

Washington County Public Health 503-846-3594