A measles outbreak has been confirmed in the Portland, Oregon area and up to 500 people could have been exposed to the virus.
According to katu.com, the Multnomah County Health Department Communicable Disease Services team is monitoring 40 people who were exposed and considered non-immune.
Officials say the infected person visited a local emergency room and spent time in a Gresham childcare center.
According to the CDC, measles (also known as rubeola) starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world and travelers who aren't vaccinated are at risk of contracting the virus. The people with the greatest risk of catching measles are those who are not vaccinated, pregnant women, infants under 12 months and people with weakened immune systems.
Best-Selling Author & Speaker
Sami Cone is the best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids", is known as the "Frugal Mom" on Nashville's top-rated talk show "Talk of the Town" and educates over a million listeners every day on her nationally syndicated "Family Money Minute". She is proud to call Nashville home with her husband, Rick, and their two ‘tweenage' children.
Follow Sami Cone: