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Measles diagnosed in Washington County


Local health officials have learned of a case of measles in a Washington County individual who received care at the Kaiser Beaverton Medical Office and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Measles is a highly contagious and serious illness caused by a virus and is spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Because most people in the area have been vaccinated against measles, the risk to the general public is low, officials said. However, people who were in the same locations as the contagious child should be aware of their measles vaccination history.

Anyone who is not immune to measles and was in any of the locations below should contact their health care provider for advice and be on the lookout for symptoms until Nov. 26.

Symptoms include an unexplained rash, fever and cough. Measles poses the highest risk to people who have not been vaccinated, pregnant women, infants under 12 months, and people with weakened immune systems. People who were at any of the following locations at these dates and times may have been exposed:

n Oct. 31: OHSU Emergency Department, noon to 9:40 p.m.; OHSU Doernbecher 9N, 7:35 p.m. to midnight

n Nov. 1: OHSU Doernbecher 9N, all day

n Nov. 2: OHSU Doernbecher 9N, all day until 9:10 p.m.

n Nov. 4: The UPS Store, 16055 S.W. Walker Road in Beaverton, 3:30 to 6 p.m.; Kaiser Beaverton Medical Office, 4:20 to 6 p.m.

n Nov. 5: Kaiser Beaverton Medical Office, 11:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

“Measles is a serious disease that was eliminated from circulation in the United States thanks to routine childhood vaccination,’’ said Dr. Paul Lewis, deputy health officer for Washington County. “Make sure you and your children have been vaccinated against measles.”