Right now, this case is not linked to any other measles cases.
Bell and Montgomery County both have a measles case involving children.
As of February 1, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed 79 individual cases of measles from 10 states, during 2019. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four. Consultants attribute the unfold of measles partially to decrease vaccination charges ensure communities, making extra individuals susceptible to the illness and reducing the extent of herd immunity that protects large teams from changing into infected.
The United States outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are in New York State, New York City and Washington State.
The CDC states measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing, according to the release.
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.
"Our vaccination rates are not so low that I think we are going to be like Italy or Romania that had thousands of cases a year ago but we could have a few hundred cases", Ludke said.
There are now no reported confirmed cases of measles in Yakima County.
Children should receive measles vaccination via one dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) when they are 12 to 15 months old and another dose before entering school when they are between 4 to 6 years old, according to the health department.
To date, all lab results of confirmed cases have matched a wild strain of virus, preventable through vaccination, circulating in Eastern Europe.
The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).