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Bell County officials confirm possible measles case

The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019 Gillian Flaccus AP FILE
Gustavo Carr | 07 February, 2019, 06:53

Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that is preventable with vaccination.

The three individuals involved in the new cases were in close contact with the first Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles January 25, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines.

"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said.

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 department did not release any information about the person who contracted measles, citing patient confidentiality.

The health department said they are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

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"These individuals did everything right", said Jennifer Vines, M.D., deputy health officer with Multnomah County.

"Upon finding and verifying that there is a measles case in Arizona, we activate our emergency operations center", she said. There were 200 vaccinations given per day last year in that last week of January, and 600 per day this year.

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.

Clackamas County, Ore., Public Health, 503-655-8411. There are dozens of locations in total, including hospitals, Portland International Airport and multiple schools. The call center is open daily.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage at www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Measles/MeaslesOutbreak.

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms. If exposed to the virus, anyone who is not immune is likely to get measles.