Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Portland area

Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Portland area

If you have any signs or symptoms of measles ou're being urged to contact your doctor before you visit.

"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", said Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.

Someone in Denton County has come down with the measles.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas. The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, entails 49 confirmed circumstances of measles and nine suspected situations, in keeping with native public health officers.

Unfortunately, children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had 1 dose of MMR vaccine are more likely to become infected, says the CDC.

As of February 1, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed 79 individual cases of measles from 10 states, during 2019.

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According to the Texas DSHS, "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing". Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.

This is the first reported measles case of 2019 in the North Texas area and the seventh reported case statewide according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

"Getting vaccinated protects you as well as those who are unable to receive vaccines due to age or medical conditions", said Michelle Beall, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Brookshire Grocery Company.

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the US that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC.

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