Measles case confirmed in Multnomah County
The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed a case of measles in Multnomah County.
The agency is working with the county and other Oregon and Washington agencies, to notify individuals of their potential exposure and help them take steps to prevent spreading the virus should they become ill, according to a press release from the Oregon Health Authority. No additional cases of measles have been identified in Oregon. The outbreak is tied to Clark County, Wash., where the public health department has confirmed 30 cases of the measles since early January.
In East Multnomah County schools, herd immunity is said to be at a 90-95 percent vaccination rate. According to ODE statistics for 2017-18, 94 percent of students in the Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds school districts have had their required vaccinations. The lowest vaccination rate is in Corbett at 89 percent.
Someone who has been exposed to the measles will usually develop symptoms seven to 14 days later. These include a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. People with the measles can spread the virus up to four days before the rash appears and about four days after that. Those with measles are most contagious while having a fever, runny nose and cough.
Health officials ask people displaying symptoms to avoid going to a medical office. Officials recommend calling a health care provider or urgent care center instead. Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected.
Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected. Local locations where people might have been exposed to the virus include:
Legacy GoHealth 22262 N.E. Glisan St., Gresham, 9-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20
Fred Meyer, 22855 N.E. Parklane, Wood Village from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 20. Gresham Troutdale Family Medical Center, 1700 S.W. 257th Drive , Troutdale, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 Walgreens Pharmacy, 25699 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale,1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
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