The Multnomah County health department said Wednesday that the three new cases were in close contact with a person who tested positive for measles a week and a half ago.
Outbreaks, or clusters, of measles cases are typically due to exposure in foreign countries that do not have the same robust vaccination programs as the United States, Espinoza said.
The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed a case in Bell County on Tuesday, a day after five cases were announced - three in Harris County, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours.
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The three individuals involved in the new cases were in close contact with the first Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles January 25, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
The CDC said that at least eight other states have reported cases of the measles in 2019: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.
Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body.
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The MMR vaccine is one of two immunizations recommended by the federal government to help prevent measles. Here's what you need to know. One person had one dose of the vaccine, which is 93 percent effective. "It's a very serious disease that can be prevented by vaccination".
"People that are actually infected with measles, one in four will get hospitalized and one in 1,000 may die", said Dana Beckham, director of Harris County Public Health.
To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office.
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