OR measles cases rises to 4 as Vancouver-area reaches 50

Leslie Hanson
February 7, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of measles vaccine, one given at between 12 months and 15 months of age and one between ages 4 and 6.

Five of the cases involved young children, some of whom received one round of the two-part vaccine.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

Orders for two types of measles vaccines in the Southwest Washington county were up almost 500 percent in January compared with the same month a year ago, jumping from 530 doses to 3,150, according to state health-department figures.

The current measles outbreak in Clark County and one diagnosed case in King County are examples of why the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine is a crucial requirement.

The best way to prevent measles infection is with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office.

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021. There are dozens of locations in total, including hospitals, Portland International Airport and multiple schools. The length of time children or staff are required to stay out of school is 21 days after the last reported case.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of the virus should call their physician.

Multnomah County's communicable disease team checks in daily with people suspected of being exposed to measles to make sure they can work and do other normal life responsibilities without infecting other people.

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