Four measles cases confirmed in Oregon

The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019

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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.

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that measles was confirmed in the three people Wednesday but that they pose no risk to the public.

According to the Bell County Health District, there were four possible cases under investigation. All individuals are children that were either unvaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series.

The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health officials declared measles eliminated from the U.S.in 2000, meaning that measles had not been transmitted for 12 months or more.

"Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 [percent] of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected", the release read.

Kids can also start getting the flu vaccine at 6 months of age.

The MMR vaccine is one of two immunizations recommended by the federal government to help prevent measles.

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A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

"We're hopeful and any time we see that there are no new exposure locations that's helpful", said Marissa Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Clark County Public Health.

Officials declined to say how old the person is or give any other identifying information, but they are contacting people who may have been exposed.

In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases. The lowest was in 2012 with 55 cases, the highest occurred in 2014 with 667 cases.

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The cases involve four children under 2 years old and a woman. The vaccines include MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and MMR-V, which also protects against the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox.

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