Deschutes County Public Health authorities are investigating what they are calling a “presumptive” case of the measles in Bend.
Deschutes County Health officials released a press release Monday night confirming the investigation and naming potential exposure sites in Bend. According to the press release if you were at Mountain Air, located at 20495 Murray Rd, Suite 150 in Bend on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. you could have been exposed to the virus.
Juniper Swim and Fitness Center at 800 NE 6th St, Bend on Sunday, Jan. 20 was also named in the release but an exact time frame is not known.
Those two locations are now considered safe but if you were at these location during the times listed and are not fully vaccinated, health department officials are urging people to call Deschutes County Health Services at (541) 322-7418. The line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Oregon Health Authority has also established a call center for general questions related to the measles. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should dial 2-1-1. The call center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including weekends.
If you feel you or your child are showing symptoms of the measles health officials are warning against going to the hospital without calling ahead first. If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have been exposed are are showing symptoms – call your health care provider so they can make an entry plan to avoid potentially spreading the virus to other patients.
The health department said that the suspected case is likely connected to a broader outbreak that began in Clark County, Washington earlier this month and recently spread to Multnomah County in Oregon.
The vast majority of Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles, however anyone who has never been vaccinated is at much higher risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.
According to Deschutes County Health:
“Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune systems.
The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication.
After someone contracts measles, illness develops in about two weeks, but people can be contagious days before they know they’re sick.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.
A person is considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply:
You were born before 1957.
A physician diagnosed you with measles in the past.
A blood test proves that you are immune.
You have been fully vaccinated against measles (one dose for children 12 months through 3 years old, two doses in anyone 4 years and older).
Vaccination is the best prevention
Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider, a School Based Health Center (SBHC) or Deschutes County Health Services (541-322-7499) to make an appointment. Appointments at School Based Health Centers can be made at the following:
Bend – Bend High SBHC – (541) 383-3005 or Ensworth SBHC – (541) 383-3005
La Pine – La Pine SBHC – (541) 536-0400
Redmond – Lynch SBHC – (541) 383-3005 or Redmond High SBHC – (541) 383-3005
Sisters – Sisters SBHC – (541) 526-6623
Pharmacists can also immunize children age 7 or older. Please contact your local pharmacy for details.
To find out the immunization status of your child’s school visit:www.deschutes.org/immunizations.”