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Measles Case Confirmed In Unvaccinated Salem Patient

Patients who contract measles, a highly contagious disease, develop a skin rash. | WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
March 14, 2019

Measles has been confirmed in a Marion County resident, county health officials announced Tuesday.

The patient is from Salem and is unvaccinated for measles, said Katrina Rothenberger, the county's public health director.

Rothenberger said the county was not releasing the patient's age or gender, but said they are not a student at any public or private school.

The case is connected to the Illinois traveler contagious with measles who visited the Salem area in late February. Rothenberger said the patient did not visit any of the exposure sites in Clark or Multnomah counties.

A second suspected case of the disease is under monitoring pending a lab test.

A measles rash usually appears about 14 days after a person is exposed to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most Oregonians are vaccinated for measles and are not at risk of contracting the disease.

The health department is posting daily updates on its website.

The exposure locations are:

  • 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.