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Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County

Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County

News stories have been tracking the recent measles outbreak in Washington state that now stands at 38 cases with two of those patients hospitalized.

Immunization and vitamin A supplementation of 9-month-old children are the best defenses against measles, the DOH said.

One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials.

As alarming as some of the recent numbers are, it pales in comparison to what measles used to be in the United States.

As for measles, fears arising from misinformation leads to troubling outbreaks.

The Pacific Northwest outbreak includes one confirmed case in King County, where Seattle is located, and one in Multnomah County, which includes Portland, Ore.

Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was previous year. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four.

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All three cases are children who were not vaccinated or did not complete their vaccine series.

According to the Texas DSHS, "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing". Children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had one dose of vaccine are more likely to get infected. Israel and Ukraine are now dealing with large outbreaks of measles.

The health department is identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed.

OR health officials say three more measles cases have been confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially unsafe viral illness that is transmitted through coughing and sneezing. "In a sense, we already saw that in 2018, but it looks like cases may pick up more in 2019".

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Measles vaccines are reported to be very effective, protecting people 97 percent of the time after 2 doses.