Second case of measles confirmed in last 10 days

Second case of measles confirmed in last 10 days

[Ed. – Be on the alert.]

Another case of measles has been diagnosed in the Portland-Metro Area, the second confirmed case in the last 10 days.

The Oregon Health Authority said the second individual, diagnosed on Sunday, had been close contact with the first person diagnosed. That person was diagnosed on Aug. 10 and had spent time in the area from July 30 to August 6.

“Measles is one of the most contagious diseases we know,” Rebecca Pierce, RN, PhD, of OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention section, said. “It takes very high levels of vaccination in the population to stop its spread.”

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This is the fifth measles diagnosis in the area since June 27, though the three previous ones are not connected to the most recent two diagnoses.

The second person diagnosed with measles had traveled out of state, later becoming sick.

“From this exposure, we would expect symptoms in anyone newly infected to appear any time over the next two weeks,” Pierce said.

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