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2019 Measles Information

UPDATED: Feb. 7, 2019, 10:45 am

Measles has been confirmed in three more Multnomah County residents, bringing the total number of cases in Oregon to 4. Officials say the three individuals stayed home and pose no risk of new public exposures. The individuals were in close contact with a Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles on January 25. These cases are linked to an outbreak in Washington state.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles, and their risk is low. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads easily to people who are not immune. It poses the highest risk to pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age and people with weakened immune systems.

Oregon measles cases by county

County Confirmed Cases
Multnomah 4
Total 4

Deschutes County

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center
800 NE 6th St, Bend
Sunday, Jan. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mountain Air
20495 Murray Rd, Suite 150, Bend
Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Multnomah County

Amazon Lockers
1131 SW Jefferson St., Portland
Thursday, Jan. 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4849 NE 138th Ave., Portland

Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

Fred Meyer
22855 NE Parklane, Wood Village
Sunday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gresham Troutdale Family Medical Center
1700 SW 257th Dr., Troutdale
Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

10280 NE Cascades Pkwy., Portland
Friday, Jan. 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Legacy GoHealth
22262 NE Glisan St, Gresham
Sunday, Jan. 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Magnolia Clinic
2207 NE Broadway Ste 200, Portland
Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 11:50 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Moda Center
1 N Center Ct St, Portland
Friday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

New Life Missionary Church
3300 172nd PL, Portland
Sunday, Jan. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry — OMSI
1945 Water Ave, Portland
Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Portland International Airport
7000 NE Airport Way, Portland

Monday, Jan. 7, from 10:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Anyone could be at risk, no matter where they were in the airport. But the highest risk would be to any unvaccinated person who spent time in Concourse D and the Delta Sky Lounge during that time period.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Baggage claim area

Randall's Children's Hospital Emergency Department
2801 N Gantenbein Ave., Portland
Update: This site is no longer considered an exposure.

1100 SE Grand Ave., Portland
Thursday, Jan. 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Verizon Wireless at Cascade Station
10103 NE Cascades Pkwy, Building N, Portland
Monday, Jan. 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Walgreens Pharmacy
25699 SE Stark St, Troutdale
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Washington State

Visit the Washington State measles outbreak website.

Sample Letters

  • Sample letter for parents or guardians regarding measles outbreak in the region
  • Notification for Parents of a Child Who Attends a School with a Measles Case (Version 1)
  • Notification for Parents of a Child Who Attends a School with a Measles Case (Version 2)


Disease Information

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne disease caused by measles virus. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, and is followed by a blotchy rash that starts on the face or at the hair line and then spreads all over the body. Approximately 30 percent of reported cases have one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Rarely, the virus causes encephalitis (brain infection). Complications are more common in young children and adults. The best protection against measles is MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Learn more about the MMR vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OHA encourages physicians (and others) to maintain a high level of suspicion for measles, especially in people who have not received two doses of measles-containing vaccine. Suspect cases of measles, whether in doctors' offices or hospitals, should be immediately separated from other patients, tested for measles and reported to the local public health authority where they live, without delay, day or night, after identification.

Disease Reporting

What is required?

All cases and outbreaks are reportable to local public health authorities (LPHAs) by individuals, health care providers and clinical laboratories. An individual required to report reportable diseases who is unsure whether a case might really be measles should err on the side of immediate reporting by contacting their LPHA.

Cases are subject to worksite, childcare and school restrictions while in the communicable stage of the disease. When the disease is no longer communicable, restrictions will be removed by the local public health authority.

Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratories

Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required by law to report cases and suspect cases of measles to local health departments immediately, day or night.

Local Public Health Authorities

Vaccination and Prophylaxis


See Also

General Public

Healthcare Providers, Clinical Laboratories and Local Public Health Authorities

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