A third case of measles was confirmed in Multnomah County today. There’s a possible related case in Clark County, but it’s still under investigation. If you’re concerned that your child may have been exposed, please contact our offices for guidance.
There has been a confirmed case of measles in Gresham.
To minimize the spread of illness, Multnomah County Health Department is excluding all children under the age of four who have not had their first MMR immunization AND anyone over the age of four who has not received two doses of MMR. The exclusion will remain in effect until July 14th.
Anyone who has been exposed and is not immunized or current on immunizations has been contacted by the Health Department. If you are concerned that your child may have been exposed or is showing any symptoms, please call us immediately!
What is Measles?
Measles is a highly contagious illness. Infected children tend to be contagious for a couple days prior to developing symptoms until several days following the appearance of measles’ characteristic rash.
If you suspect your child has measles, keep him or her away from others who may not be immunized (or fully immunized) against the disease.
Symptoms usually begin 8-12 days after exposure to the virus and may include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Muscle aches
- White spots inside the mouth
The initial symptoms tend to worsen during the first few days of the illness. In some cases, younger children develop ear infections, croup, diarrhea, pneumonia, or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
- Blotchy, itchy rash
- Appears 2-3 days after initial symptoms begin
- May last up to 8 days
- Usually starts on the face and neck, then spreads to the entire body
When to Call Your Pediatrician
Contact your pediatrician immediately if your child develops measles symptoms, even if your child has been immunized.
For more information on measles and the MMR vaccine, click here.
“Measles,” by American Academy of Pediatrics