Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Portland area

Posted February 09, 2019

The three individuals involved in the new cases were in close contact with the first Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles January 25, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Clark County, Washington - where the outbreak began on December 31 - reported Wednesday that is has identified 13 additional suspected cases, including four in unvaccinated people who had contact with contagious individuals. "We're hopeful and any time we see that there are no new exposure locations that's helpful", said Marissa Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Clark County Public Health.

Six measles cases have been confirmed in Central Texas as of February 6. Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas. At this time, this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

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Three Multnomah County residents are confirmed to have been diagnosed with measles. The cases are the first in Harris County this year. One day without a new measles case might seem an indicator of hope the outbreak is over, but it unfortunately doesn't necessarily indicate the end. The CDC says measles are more likely to spread in areas with "pockets of unvaccinated people". The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed.

"Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus, which spreads to others through coughing and sneezing", said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director for HCPH.

Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they're not yet vaccinated.

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DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children get a dose of the measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years.

Measles cases in Texas were steady from 2015 to 2017 with only one case a year, but that number went up to nine cases in 2018.

The agency said it will continue working to improve vaccination rates.

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"If you feel like you're experiencing symptoms and signs of a measles infection, contact your health provider", Marlow said.