Willamette Valley Medical Center has begun preparation of plans to proactively address the measles infection since its confirmed entry into the state of Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed a case of measles in a resident of Multnomah County. No additional cases of measles have been identified in Oregon. Clark County Public Health in Vancouver has reported 30 confirmed cases of measles.
Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected; however, anyone who has never
been vaccinated is at higher risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.
What is Measles?
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads easily to people who are not immune. It poses the
highest risk to pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age and people with weakened immune systems.
Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, and is followed by a blotchy rash that
starts on the face or at the hair line and then spreads all over the body.
A person is considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply:
1. You were born before 1957.
2. Your physician has diagnosed you with measles.
3. A blood test proves that you are immune.
4. 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).
What do you do if you think you have symptoms?
Anyone who is not immune, has potentially been exposed, and believes they have symptoms of measles
should immediately call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office in order to make a plan
avoiding the exposure of others in the waiting room.Additionally, individuals may contact Yamhill County
Public Health at 503.434.7525 for up-to-date information regarding outbreaks and available resources.
Individuals believing they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care
centers, or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.
Located in McMinnville, Oregon, Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) is an 60-bed acute-care, full-
service facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission. WVMC features a 24-hour Emergency Department,
the Joint Replacement Institute, a Critical Care Unit, and a Senior Behavioral Health Services unit. WVMC also
provides a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient Surgical Services, a Family Birthing Center, Endoscopy,
Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardio Pulmonary Services, Breast Center, and Therapy Services. In addition, the
hospital offers specialty services in the H. R. Hoover, MD, Cancer Center and the Wound Care Center.