Man with measles in King County came in contact with hundreds

Desiree Burns
January 28, 2019

MULTNOMAH COUNTY- Oregon State Health officials say a case of measles is confirmed in Multnomah County.

There have been 30 recorded cases of the infectious disease in the state's Clark County - just north of Portland - in January.

The outbreak began near Portland, Oregon, at the start of the year and quickly spread to nearby Clark County and King County, both in Washington.

Locations and venues include Portland International Airport, at the Moda Center during a Portland Trail Blazers basketball game, an Amazon Locker location and stores such as Costco and Ikea. The CDC says in the province children receive two doses of measles-containing vaccine during routine immunization.

But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, wrote the Los Angeles Times.

Last week, a person infected with measles attended a Portland Trail Blazers home game in OR amid the outbreak. Most of the confirmed cases - 21 - were with children between 1 and 10 years old.

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A full list of exposure sites connected to the Clark County outbreak is available on the Clark County Public Health website.

People who choose not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the illness, said Melnick, who himself had measles as a child, before the vaccine was commonplace. The typical recommendations are that children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first between 12 to 15 months of age and the second between 4 and 6 years old. The vaccine-exemption rate in Clark County for non-medical reasons was high, at 7.5 percent, Armstrong said.

They added the outbreak could still be in its infancy as the incubation period of the virus averages 14 days. People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears.

Measles is highly contagious and can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated is at risk of getting measles if you come into contact with someone who is contagious.

Earlier this week, authorities were successful in identifying several people who had been exposed but were not sick yet. Serious complications such pneumonia and brain infections can arise from the disease in some cases.

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