PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A second case of measles was confirmed in Marion County in an unvaccinated person, the Oregon Health Authority said late Tuesday afternoon.
This case is linked to a traveler from Illinois who recently visited Marion County, but is not related to any other cases in Multnomah County or the outbreak in Clark County.
Officials said there aren’t any suspected cases at this time in Marion County.
The only current exposure site known in Marion County is Youth With a Mission, 7085 Battle Creek Road SE in Salem. The exposure dates begin Feb. 18, 7 a.m. and run through March 14, 5 p.m.
For more information on measles for the public, visit the OHA measles webpage or call Marion County Health & Human Services at 503.588.5621.
Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through the air. It can linger in a room up to two hours after someone with the virus has been there and you can catch it even before the sick person develops a rash.
The virus starts with a fever and can also cause a runny nose, cough, red eyes, ear infection, diarrhea and a rash of tiny red spots starting at the head and then spreading. It is especially dangerous for babies and young children.
The CDC said almost everyone who has not been vaccinated will get the virus if they are exposed.