OR measles cases rises to 4 as Vancouver-area reaches 50

The day 4 rash common in measles cases

The day 4 rash common in measles cases

"Upon finding and verifying that there is a measles case in Arizona, we activate our emergency operations center", she said.

At least three of the children affected by the highly contagious disease had received their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to KHOU.

Three Multnomah County youths have measles, bringing Oregon's total of measles cases to four.

"During an outbreak is when you see an influx of patients who would otherwise be vaccine-hesitant", said Virginia Ramos, infection-control nurse with Sea Mar Community Health Center, which runs six sites that offer vaccines in Clark County.

East Wenatchee - Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers throughout Chelan and Douglas County to ensure students and staff are up-to-date on their vaccines. The virus spreads through the air and can linger for up to two hours in an isolated space.

The best way to prevent measles infection is with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

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"To investigate to identify maybe where they went right away so that we can start notifying the public, you know, that these places you may have been exposed to measles", Christ said.

The vast majority of Vancouver-area cases were not vaccinated against the virus. The CDC notes that two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective, while one dose is 93 percent effective.

The health department is encouraging anyone who may have symptoms of measles to contact your doctor. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

"This outbreak has put people at real risk", said Ann Thomas, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority.

Earlier Monday, Harris County Public Health said two boys under the age of two and a 25 to 35-year-old woman were diagnosed with the measles.

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