SALEM, Ore. – Marion County health officials say the laboratory report confirms that there is no case of measles in the Salem area.
Negative test results fell on Saturday afternoon when district health officials confirmed that they are studying the alleged case.
There are currently 53 confirmed measles cases in Clark County and two suspected cases, which is why concern is that the outbreak will continue to spread.
On Saturday, Clark County reported that it had no new confirmed cases.
Symptoms of measles begin with a mild fever, cough, nasal discharge, and red eyes followed by a rash.
If you or your child visited one of the possible exposure sites and showed signs of measles, contact your healthcare provider before arrival, in order to limit exposure to anyone in the waiting room.
The Oregon Health Office has established a call center for general questions about measles – you can get to it by selecting 2-1-1 between 9:00 and 17:00.
Of cases of measles infection in Clark County, officials say most patients were not vaccinated, six people were not tested for vaccine, and one person received only one MMR dose.
The CDC says one dose of MMR is 93 percent effective, while two vaccine doses of 97 percent are effective.
Children usually receive the first MMR vaccine from the age of one to 15 months, the second from 4 to 6 years.
MORE INFORMATION FROM MARION COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES:
The measles represent the greatest risk for unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of measles begin with fever, cough, nasal discharge and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
Common measles complications include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication.
When someone orders measles, the disease develops in about two weeks, and people can be infectious days before they know they are sick.
The measles are highly contagious viruses that spread by air to a person with measles, coughing or sneezing. People are infectious with measles four days before rash occurs and up to four days after rash occurs. The virus can be kept in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infected has gone.
A person is considered to be immune to measles if: t
1. You were born before 1957.
2. Your doctor diagnosed you with measles.
3. Blood test proves that you are immune.
You have been fully vaccinated against measles (one dose for children aged 12 months to 3 years, two doses for each patient aged 4 years or older).