As public health officials work to tamp down a measles outbreak in the Portland metro area, Oregon lawmakers are preparing to take up legislation that would increase the number of children vaccinated for the disease.
Update on Monday 1/28/2019 1:10 p.m.: The outbreak now includes 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected ones. The majority of cases continue to be in children, with 25 cases between 1 and 10 years old, nine between 11 and 18 years old and one adult younger than 29.
Portland and Clark County are starting the new year with two cases of the measles.
The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed another case of measles in Portland, just over a week after warning about a previous infection.
Oregon health officials announced a new measles threat in the Portland area on Saturday.
Updated: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Multnomah County is tracking a case of measles and has notified 500 people that they might have been exposed.
A baby who passed through Portland International Airport last week has since been diagnosed with measles, prompting officials to stress the importance of vaccinations against the virus.
While vaccination rates in the Portland area remain relatively high – about 95 percent, according to the Multnomah County Health Department – health officials are working with the child's primary care provider to make sure patients are notified of the exposure and to take appropriate follow up.