Everyone put on your biological chem-suits, a single person has measles. Multnomah County officials believe that 40 “non-immune” people have been exposed to a single case of measles. The total exposure number is 500, but health officials are focused in on 40 of them that they don’t believe can fight the illness.
The infected person visited and spent time at the Gresham childcare center. Health officials believe that those exposed could begin showing symptoms early next week into the latter part of next week.
The 40 “non-immune” are composed of those not vaccinated, pregnant women, infants under 12 months and people with weakened immune systems, according to health officials. Anyone vaccinated against measles is considered “immune.”
“Measles is a serious disease that was basically eliminated in the United States thanks to routine childhood vaccination,’’ said Dr. Jennifer Vines, Multnomah County Deputy Health Officer, via katu. “When we see measles today, it is rare and usually the result of a person who was unknowingly infected while traveling outside the United States.”
As it stands, this story consist of one individual with measles who has not reportedly been injured or died. The drama meter is running a bit higher than need be at this point, mostly for the sake of continuing the narrative that “measles is back.”