Fifth possible case of measles identified in Multnomah County, two sites of exposure in Portland


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PORTLAND, Ore. – Health officials are investigating a possible fifth case of measles in Multnomah County, Oregon, in a regional epidemic context.

The four previously confirmed measles cases in Multnomah County were linked to the Southwest Washington outbreak, where health authorities identified 65 patients in Clark County.

At this point, officials have not identified a link between the fifth possible case of measles in Multnomah County and Clark County cases.

"We warn potentially exposed individuals as a precaution," said Dr. Jennifer Vines, Multnomah County Health Officer. "The good news is that measles does not spread from Clark County to the Portland Metropolitan Area."

According to officials, people may have been exposed to measles at the following locations and times:

  • Portland International Airport: Tuesday 19 February, 9 pm to 10.30 am
  • The Emergency Department at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel: 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 19th at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, February 20th.

The symptoms of measles begin with a mild fever, a cough, a runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash.

If you or your child have gone on any of the possible exposure sites and show signs of measles, call your health care provider before coming so that they can limit the risk. exposure of any other person in the waiting room.

Vaccination records show that 96% of Oregon residents received the MMR vaccine. Residents of Oregon can check the Oregon Health Authority's website to find out if they are vaccinated.

According to the CDC, one dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective, while two doses of the vaccine are 97% effective.

Children usually receive the first MMR vaccine for 1 to 15 months and the second dose for 4 to 6 years.

If you have any other questions about measles, call your local health department:

  • Clark County Public Health: (360) 397-8021
  • Clackamas County Public Health: (503) 655-8411
  • Multnomah County Public Health: (503) 988-3406
  • Washington County Public Health: (503) 846-3594


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