MEDFORD, Ore. — Hospitals across Oregon are asking you to be on alert. A case of the measles has been confirmed in Washington County.
The person with the confirmed case received medical care at the Kaiser Beaverton Medical Office and the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
The Jackson County Public Health Department is asking emergency departments and all local health care providers to watch for any patients who show symptoms, like reddening of the eyes, a cough or a skin rash.
Catching measles is rare. Most children are immunized as a child as part of the three part MMR vaccine, the measles, mumps and rubella.
“It’s not one of those things we see very often but there are isolated outbreaks. It’s a very, very contagious virus. So that’s why the vaccinations are so important,” explained Dr. Tim Hutchings at Providence Medford Medical Center.
Measles is spread through contact with fluid from an infected person’s nose and mouth.