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Measles warning after case reported in Marion County

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A case of measles has been reported in a person who visited locations in Portland, Salem and Keizer.

Public health officials said a person who arrived in Marion County on Jan. 18 was diagnosed with measles the following week. The unidentified person had traveled internationally.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is transmitted through the air primarily after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Despite being contagious, risk of catching the disease is low in large indoor spaces or outdoors.

Situations similar to this one have rarely resulted in new local measles cases because more than 95 percent of people living in this region have been vaccinated for the measles and are immune.

However, the infected person visited several locations and anyone who was there during the same times should be alert for symptoms.

Marshalls store at Keizer Station, 6365 Ulali Dr. NE, on Jan. 20 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Target, 6450 Keizer Station Blvd. NE, on Jan. 20 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Walgreens, 4380 Commercial St. SE, in Salem on Jan. 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, main lobby and seventh-floor clinics on Jan. 23 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Symptoms of the measles include: fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes followed by a red rash that begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

People who are not immune and at risk of getting measles can get a measles-containing vaccine from their medical provider or by calling the Marion County Health Department at 503-584-4870 for an appointment. Getting vaccinated now may not prevent illness in the current situation, but will prevent measles in the future.

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