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Measles *Corrected - 02/05/19

Measles

There have been no cases of measles in Yamhill County as of February 4, 2019. However, Yamhill County Public Health is closely monitoring the current measles outbreak and are prepared to initiate a disease and/or outbreak investigation if there is a suspected case in County. This investigation process includes identifying exposed individuals and working to prevent spread per Oregon statute(s). We have proactively shared information with our local medical community and schools as well as shared information with the community via our website and social media which we will keep updated if the current status changes.

Some important things to know about the measles:

  • Measles is a very contagious viral disease that can spread through the air when someone sick with measles coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by direct contact with nose discharge and spit of someone sick with measles.
  • The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes followed by a red rash that usually begins on the head or face and spreads to the rest of the body.
  • People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.
  • After a person who is not immune is exposed to measles, symptoms usually develop in one to two weeks, but it can take up to three weeks.
  • Complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection and, in rare cases, inflammation of the brain. About one in 1,000 children dies of measles.
  • Anyone who is not immune to measles and believes they have measles symptoms should contact their health care provider or urgent care by telephone before going in to the clinic to make arrangements to avoid exposing others to the virus.
  • People are considered immune to measles if any of the following are true:
    • You were born before 1957.
    • Your physician has diagnosed you with measles.
    • A blood test proves that you are immune.
    • You have been fully vaccinated against measles (two doses).

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