Measles confirmed in Multnomah County


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There is now a confirmed case of measles in Multnomah County that is linked to the outbreak in Washington, mostly in Clark County.

Health officials identified 4 new sites in the Portland area where people may have been exposed to the virus:

> Legacy GoHealth, 22262 NE Glisan St, Gresham on Sunday, Jan. 20, 9–11:30 a.m.
> Fred Meyers, 22855 NE Parklane, Wood Village on Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
> Gresham Troutdale Family Medical Center, 1700 SW 257th Dr. in Troutdale on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12:30–2 p.m.
> Walgreens Pharmacy, 25699 SE Stark Street in Troutdale on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1–2:30 p.m.

The person in Multnomah County contracted measles after coming into contact with one of the Clark County cases, officials said. 

“A very astute clinician had measles on the radar, contacted Public Health authorities for testing and we got that confirmation today and sprang into action,” said Multnomah County Health Department Deputy Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines. 

As of Saturday, there were 31 confirmed cases in Clark County, almost all of them from unvaccinated children. 

“When diseases become real, I think that parents who may be putting off vaccines or just hadn’t really made a decision — I think that gets their attention and I think we do see a bump sometimes in vaccination after an outbreak like this and that’s certainly my hope,” said Vines. 

Vines encouraged everyone to make sure they have been vaccinated against the measles. She said the vaccine is “safe, it’s effective, it’s readily available.” 

Multnomah County health officials said, “Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected. Anyone who has never been vaccinated is at higher risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.”

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