The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has confirmed a case of measles in a resident of Marion County. The case is linked to a traveler who recently visited Marion County.
Marion County health officials were monitoring an additional suspect case with lab tests pending at press time Wednesday, March 13.
The county is working with the Oregon Health Authority to notify individuals of their potential exposure and help them take steps to prevent exposing others should they become ill.
Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and their risk is low. Risk may be higher for unvaccinated persons who may have been exposed at one of these locations during these times only:
• Youth With a Mission, 7085 Battle Creek Road SE, Salem, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. through March 11, 5 p.m.
• Get Air Trampoline Park, 3910 Rickey St. SE, Salem, Feb. 21, 1:45-5 p.m.
• Red Robin, 831 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Feb. 21, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
• Portland International Airport: Southwest Airlines check-in area and Concourse C, Feb. 22, 12:30–5 p.m.
If you or someone you know is not immunized, been exposed and is displaying symptoms, call a health care provider or urgent care center by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.
Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune systems.
The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication.