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Douglas County Health officials investigating possible measles cases

Health officials said there are several cases in Douglas County that are being looked into as possible positive measles cases.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 11:16 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2019 7:41 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Douglas County Public Health officials are looking into possible measles cases within the county.

On Wednesday morning, a Douglas County mother told KEZI 9 News doctors had confirmed her 4-month-old son has the measles. The county health department also heard that information and began an investigation.

However, the mom later told KEZI she had just been contacted by a specialist in Portland, who told her it's a virus similar to the measles.

Even though those doctors are clarifying that case, Southern Oregon isn't completely out of the woods just yet.

According to Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer, there are still cases under investigation.

He said until they turn a year old, babies rely on their parents' immunity to prevent diseases like measles.

So for babies and others, when outbreaks happen, looks can be deceiving.

"During the times when there are outbreaks like this, there are people that have diseases that it's a little hard to know exactly what it is," Dannenhoffer said. "Especially in young babies and others, it's a little hard to know if this is really the measles or not."

As of Wednesday evening, there are no confirmed cases of the measles in Douglas County.

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