Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Portland area

Spencer Underwood
February 8, 2019

In a report released this time previous year World Health Organization officials wrote, "Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others".

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. All three individuals live in northwest Harris County, according to Harris County Public Health.

Ninety-two percent of the cases were reported by 10 countries: Ukraine (53,218), Serbia (5,076), Israel (2,919), France (2,913), Italy (2,517), Russian Federation (2,256), Georgia (2,203), Greece (2,193), Albania (1,466), Romania (1,987).

According to newly released data from the year, 82,596 people were infected and 72 people (children and adults) died from measles last year.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air. The second vaccine is given when the child is between 4 and 6 years of age.


The last confirmed report of a measles case in Harris County was by the City of Houston in 2018. Residents born prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles but those born in 1957 or after should verify vaccination history.

"You are having an increase of people that haven't been immunized, that haven't developed antibodies, when people are coming from different countries that don't have that vaccine protocol and they are infected - people come in and out all the time", Beckham said. Additionally, they affirm to ABC13 Eyewitness News that this case is linked to one of many Harris County instances.

A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

Five new cases of measles have been diagnosed in the Houston area, part of a national trend that's seeing a return of the once-eradicated disease.

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