Second case of measles confirmed in last 10 days


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Another case of measles has been diagnosed in the Portland-Metro Area, the second confirmed case in the last 10 days.

The Oregon Health Authority said the second individual, diagnosed on Sunday, had been close contact with the first person diagnosed. That person was diagnosed on Aug. 10 and had spent time in the area from July 30 to August 6.

“Measles is one of the most contagious diseases we know,” Rebecca Pierce, RN, PhD, of OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention section, said. “It takes very high levels of vaccination in the population to stop its spread.” 

This is the fifth measles diagnosis in the area since June 27, though the three previous ones are not connected to the most recent two diagnoses.

The second person diagnosed with measles had traveled out of state, later becoming sick. 

Unvaccinated people are at higher risk if they were in these places at these times:

  • Aug. 17: Portland International Airport (9:15-10:45 p.m.)
  • Aug. 18: Marco’s Café and Espresso Bar, located at 7910 Southwest 35th Avenue (8-11 a.m.)

“From this exposure, we would expect symptoms in anyone newly infected to appear any time over the next two weeks,” Pierce said. 

OHA said measles is a “highly contagious viral disease” that spreads to people who are not immune. 

Information about the measles from the Oregon Health Authority

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a red rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.

Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, or diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication. For every 1000 children with measles, 1 or 2 will die from the disease.

After someone is exposed, illness usually develops in about 2 weeks, sometimes longer. Oregon public health officials are advising anyone who believes they have symptoms of measles to first call their health care provider or urgent care by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

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