SALEM – Health officials were spreading the warning Thursday that a person with measles visited locations in Keizer, Salem and Portland before realizing they were sick and contagious.
“The individual, who had traveled internationally, started to exhibit symptoms and was diagnosed Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital,” explained Julie Sullivan-Springhetti with the Multnomah County Health Department. “The individual was infectious since Jan. 18.”
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is transmitted through the air primarily after a person coughs or sneezes.
For that reason, health officials were warning people who may have visited or worked in the following locations to watch for symptoms:
- Marshalls store at Keizer Station, 6365 Ulali Dr N.E., on Jan. 20 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
- Target, 6450 Keizer Station Blvd N.E., on Jan. 20 between 3 and 7 p.m.
- Walgreens, 4380 Commercial St SE in Salem on Jan. 22 between 2:30 and 5 p.m.
- OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital main lobby and 7th floor clinics on Jan. 23 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Symptoms of the measles include: Fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes followed by a red rash that begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.
“Any person present in these locations on these days and times should be alert to symptoms and call their health care provider if they have any questions,” Sullivan-Springhetti said.
People are considered immune to measles if they have medical evidence of past disease or have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) given at least one month apart. Also, anyone born before Jan. 1, 1957 is considered immune.
People who are at high risk of getting seriously ill include: infants under 12 months old, pregnant women who are not immune from prior vaccination and non-vaccinated individuals with poor functioning immune systems who have never had the measles.
Anyone needing more information should contact their local health department or physician.