The three individuals involved in the new cases were in close contact with the first Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles January 25, according to the Oregon Health Authority. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.
One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials.
Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air.
While Public Health has urged people with measles-like symptoms to call ahead to medical providers before visiting their providers, there were three new exposure locations identified in the latest Public Health news release, and all three were medical facilities.
The reports in Texas come from Harris, Galveston, Montgomery and Bell Counties.
Visit this link for a list of exposure sites: www.columbian.com/news/2019/jan/29/measles-exposure-sites.
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The three individuals were in close contact with with the initial Multnomah County case, who tested positive for measles January 25, and contracted measles after being in contact with a Clark County measles case.
"These individuals did everything right", said Jennifer Vines, M.D., deputy health officer with Multnomah County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 - to be fully protected against measles.
"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms.
Multnomah County's communicable disease team checks in daily with people suspected of being exposed to measles to make sure they can work and do other normal life responsibilities without infecting other people.