March 22, 2019 - Health officials report two new cases of measles in Oregon
March 19, 2019 - Measles Advisory Update: Second Case Confirmed
March 12, 2019 -
Confirmed case of measles in Marion County
March 1, 2019 - Traveler with measles may have exposed others at PDX, Salem
February 9, 2019 - UPDATE: Lab test confirms no measles
January 25, 2019 - Confirmed Case in Multnomah County
January 19, 2019 - Confirmed Exposure in Marion County
Update - March 22, 2019
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has confirmed two cases of measles connected to a Marion County exposure site.
A resident of Clackamas County visited Youth With a Mission at the same time as an Illinois resident who was contagious with measles. The second related case is in a resident of Multnomah County. The cases are not related to the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington.
There are no new locations where people may have been exposed to measles in Marion County, and the number of confirmed cases in Marion County remains at two.
Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and their risk is low. Unvaccinated people who visited the following location, during the listed dates and times, may have been exposed to measles:
- Youth With a Mission, 7085 Battle Creek Road SE, Salem, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. through March 14, 5 p.m.
Find a complete list of Oregon exposure sites at the
OHA measles webpage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Measles is a serious virus that is very dangerous, especially for babies and young children. Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. After 3-5 days, a rash usually begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. An individual carrying the virus is considered contagious from four days prior to showing symptoms to four days after the rash appears.
The measles virus is rare in Oregon because most people have received the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine. Those who do get sick are usually unvaccinated, or too young (younger than 12 months old) to receive the shot.
A person is considered immune to measles if:
- They were born before 1957.
- They are certain they have had the measles.
- They are up to date on measles vaccines (one dose for children 12 months through 3 years old, and two doses for anyone 4 years and older).
To find out if you or your child is up to date on the MMR vaccine, call your healthcare provider.
Measles is spread when an infected individual exhales, coughs, or sneezes. The virus can stay in the air for up to two hours.
Call your doctor or healthcare clinic right away if you see any of the symptoms of measles. It is very important that you call first to avoid exposing more people to the virus. Measles is very contagious and could be passed to others in the waiting room. Your healthcare provider will give you instructions for what to do so you don't spread measles.
The best way to protect your family from measles is to get vaccinated. Doctors recommend that all children get the MMR shot. The MMR shot is safe and effective at preventing measles. It also protects against mumps and rubella.
Getting the vaccine is safer than getting measles, and most children do not have any side effects from the shot. The side effects that do occur are usually mild and don't last long, such as a fever, mild rash, and soreness.
No studies have found a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. This has been carefully studied by many doctors and scientists from around the world.