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Health Officials Prepare For Measles Cases

The measles has not made its way to Southern Oregon, but local health officials say it could and it has them concerned.

Posted: Jan 30, 2019 6:51 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A case of measles has now been confirmed in Bend. There are now 38 confirmed cases of measles in the Pacific Northwest. 

Most of the cases are in Southwest Washington. Health officials say there are 13 more suspected cases. Of the 38 confirmed cases, 34 were never vaccinated.

The measles has not made its way to Southern Oregon, but local health officials say it could and it has them concerned.

Jackson County Health Officer Jim Shames said Jackson County as a whole has a pretty strong immunization rate, however there are pockets of the region that have extremely low rates.

"Measles is so incredibly infectious that it takes a large number of the public to be protected so it won't spread," Shames said. 

Shames said in any given environment of susceptible individuals, 90 percent will get measles if they're exposed to a case of measles. 

"To turn that around, you would need more than 90 percent of the people protected in an environment so that measles doesn't hop from person to person," Shames said. 

Shames said Jackson County Public Health is currently working with its local health care partners and schools to get everyone prepared for an outbreak. 

Shames said he thinks it's a fair chance that the outbreak will reach our region.

"I'm hoping not, but I think it's a real possibility," Shames said. 

He said parents who are worried their children might have the measles should not immediately take them to the hospital or their pediatrician, but they should first call ahead.

"They'll do all they can to help you prevent spreading the disease while they help you figure out if that's what you got," Shames said. 

According to the Oregon Health Authority, 93 percent of school-aged kids (kindergarten through 12th grade) in Jackson County are up to date on the MMR vaccine, which stands for measles, mumps, rubella. In Josephine County, 91 percent of school-aged kids are up to date, and in Curry County, 94 percent are up to date. In Klamath County, 97 percent are up to date. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Reported Deaths: 5883
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Washington61187460
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Clackamas44922456
Lane38991396
Deschutes33440225
Jackson30929408
Linn18298217
Umatilla17891190
Douglas15407320
Yamhill12414168
Josephine12201284
Polk10651112
Klamath10267178
Benton971546
Coos7772128
Malheur652995
Columbia539166
Jefferson525370
Lincoln470960
Crook419262
Union387065
Wasco369450
Clatsop338037
Tillamook271154
Hood River262138
Baker253938
Curry237040
Morrow235226
Grant128517
Harney128334
Lake111523
Wallowa87913
Sherman2283
Gilliam2224
Wheeler1652
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San Diego5954204540
Riverside4858265578
San Bernardino4697826233
Orange4590165921
Santa Clara2243781974
Sacramento2194612586
Alameda1850991561
Fresno1816732415
Kern1811121964
Contra Costa1429721082
Ventura1407591229
San Joaquin1321541954
Stanislaus1065121504
Tulare976131192
San Francisco94872692
San Mateo87189644
Santa Barbara64767579
Monterey63352647
Sonoma60574426
Solano60463389
Placer52773504
Merced51903715
Imperial48136817
San Luis Obispo40433374
Kings39671391
Santa Cruz30851235
Butte29792348
Yolo29260270
Madera27294333
Marin26572251
Shasta24828506
El Dorado22700175
Napa17946109
Sutter16942197
Humboldt13801128
Yuba12784101
Nevada12310111
Tehama11412141
San Benito1017789
Mendocino9534102
Tuolumne921491
Lassen860659
Lake7967117
Unassigned71533
Amador656372
Calaveras538893
Siskiyou535962
Glenn508039
Del Norte415043
Colusa362321
Inyo346849
Mono25944
Plumas225512
Mariposa216118
Trinity109519
Modoc8476
Sierra2320
Alpine1170
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