Measles case confirmed in Portland metro area
Another case of measles has been confirmed in the Portland area — though authorities say it is unrelated to previous cases in Multnomah County in June and July.
Laboratory testing confirms that the person with measles traveled in and around Portland and Beaverton between July 30 and Aug. 6.
Measles is highly contagious and usually spreads via coughing and sneezing.
"The bad news is that measles is a serious disease, the good news is that if you've been vaccinated you're well protected,'' said Dr. Paul Cieslak, a medical director at the Oregon Health Authority. "This is the second time this summer that someone arrived in the Portland area sick with measles."
Health officials have released a list of places, times and dates where the chance of infection is highest:
• July 30, PDX Airport, 2:15—3:45 p.m.
• July 31, Leno Medoyeff Bridal, 710 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, 3:30—5:30 p.m.
• Aug. 1, Tom's Pancake House, 12925 SW Canyon Rd., Beaverton, 7—9:30 a.m.
• Aug. 2, Max Red Line, Beaverton Transit Center to Pioneer Square, 12:30—1 p.m.
• Aug. 2, Max Red Line, Pioneer Place to Beaverton Transit Center, 5:30—6 p.m.
• Aug. 5, Verde Cocina, 5515 SW Canyon Ct., Portland, 2—4:30 p.m.
The Oregon Health Authority released this information about measles
"The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a red rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.
Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, or diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication. For every 1000 children with measles, 1 or 2 will die from the disease.
After someone is exposed, illness usually develops in about 2 weeks, sometimes longer. Oregon public health officials are advising anyone who believes they have symptoms of measles to first call their health care provider or urgent care by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms."