Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Portland area

Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Portland area

Melissa Sixberry with the Yakima Health District says "now is a good time to check the immunization records of your kids and yourself".

Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services said there are no confirmed measles cases in Lane County and anyone who thinks they might have it should not leave their house. DCPH encourages individuals with signs and symptoms of measles to contact their health care provider prior to visiting.

Someone in Denton County has come down with the measles.

Measles has been confirmed in three more Multnomah County residents bringing the total amount of cases to four in Oregon. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines.

According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 79 cases of measles had been reported in the United States by January 31, 2019. The agency says global travelers returning from Israel and Ukraine-where large outbreaks recently occurred-appear to be spreading the measles in the United States. Israel and Ukraine are now dealing with large outbreaks of measles. According to the CDC, the current outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) are concentrated in Washington State, New York State, and New York City.

According to the Texas DSHS, "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing". Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected.

About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. "Parents and caregivers have the power to protect their children and themselves from this disease by getting vaccinated".

A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes. Health officials say the shots are safe and effective, providing about 93 percent protection with one dose and 97 percent with two doses.

"Our vaccination rates are not so low that I think we are going to be like Italy or Romania that had thousands of cases past year but we could have a few hundred cases", Ludke said. A New York Department of Health official confirmed to ABC News last week that there were 30 confirmed cases to date in New York so far this year, and 122 confirmed cases in 2018.

- One case of measles has been confirmed in Bell County.

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