Second measles case reported by county
A second case of measles was diagnosed Friday, July 6, after about 500 people were exposed in late June to the disease in Gresham and Portland.
Multnomah County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines said the person began to show symptoms and called county health officials for help. The person, whose name was not released, stayed at home and away from other people, county officials said.
"This individual did exactly the right thing," Vines said. "When this person began having symptoms, they called us immediately. And we worked together to get the individual health care in a way that did not expose anyone else to the virus. This is how we stop outbreaks."
This is the second case of measles reported in Multnomah County since 2014.
County officials announced early this week that about 500 people could have been exposed to the illness June 27. The Health Department's Communicable Disease Services team reported that a person with the illness spent time in a Gresham child care center and visited the Adventist Health Portland emergency room. The person may have contracted measles while travelling outside the country.
A county team of nurses and epidemiologists check each day with about 40 people who were exposed and could development the illness. Public health officials expect symptoms in anyone infected to appear by mid-July.