PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority say they have confirmed three more cases of measles in Multnomah County, bringing the state’s total in the recent outbreak to four.
At this point, officials say the patients do not pose a risk to the public and have been told to stay home while they are contagious.
Health officials say the three additional measles patients confirmed Wednesday were in close contact with the person who tested positive for the illness on January 25.
“These individuals did everything right,” said Jennifer Vines, M.D., Multnomah County deputy health officer. “They stayed away from others while on symptom watch so we have no new public exposures to measles.”
The four measles cases in Multnomah County the same day Clark County Public Health confirmed their 50th case in the outbreak, bringing the regional total to 54 cases. Clark County is also investigating 11 suspected cases.
Measles symptoms begin with a mild fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash.
If you or your child went to one of the possible exposure sites and show signs of measles, call your health care provider before coming in so they can limit exposing anyone else in the waiting room.
“This outbreak has put people at real risk,” said Ann Thomas, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority. “It has also raised an awareness that measles could easily make a comeback, and the only way to prevent that is to get as many people vaccinated as possible.”
The CDC says one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective, while having two doses of the vaccine is 97 percent effective.
Children typically receive the first MMR vaccine at one year to 15 months old, and the second dose from 4 to 6 years of age.