Four measles cases confirmed in Oregon

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DCPH is now in the process of identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed to the virus and this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that measles was confirmed in the three people Wednesday but that they pose no risk to the public.

The confirmed case of measles is in a child residing in Western Bell County.

Unfortunately, children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had 1 dose of MMR vaccine are more likely to become infected, says the CDC. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, without specific antiviral treatment available, says the CDC. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history. "Parents and caregivers have the power to protect their children and themselves from this disease by getting vaccinated".

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HCPH said in a press release, "Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin".

And, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and other news sources reported significant increases in measles cases during the week ending February 2, 2019.

The people involved in these new cases stayed home while contagious, so there are no new public exposure sites where people might have come in contact with the disease.

Measles is prevented through the combination measles, mumps, and rubella, or MMR, vaccine.

The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the USA that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC.