Case of measles reported in Marion County

Case of measles reported in Marion County
Samples of isolated structures of paramyxovirus, family of microbes that causes measles, mumps and canine distemper, B&W electron microscope photo. AP photo.

MARION COUNTY, Ore. -- A case of measles, a highly contagious and rare illness, has been reported out of Marion County.

Public health officials reported that someone who had traveled internationally started to exhibit symptoms and was diagnosed on Wednesday at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

The person has been infectious since Jan. 18, officials said.

Health experts say more than 95 percent of people living in the Pacific Northwest have been vaccinated and are immune to measles.

Still, because measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and a potentially serious infection, health officials want the public to be on alert for symptoms.

Specifically, officials say people who were at the below locations at these times are susceptible to contracting the illness:

  • Marshall's store at Keizer Station, 6365 Ulali Dr. N.E., between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Jan. 20.
  • Target, 6450 Keizer Station Blvd. N.E., between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 20.
  • Walgreen's, 4380 Commercial St. S.E. in Salem, between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Jan. 22.
  • OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital main lobby and seventh floor clinics, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Folks living in Marion County wishing to get vaccinated for measles should contact their medical provider or the Marion County Health Department at 503-584-4870.