Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden to highlight Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

February 25, 2019
Press Release

Greg Walden to highlight Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will highlight the Oregon impact of the current measles outbreak during a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The hearing will focus on the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington and response efforts.

“We are witnessing the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington that has rightly alarmed people here and throughout the country,” said Walden. “This highly contagious, life-threatening virus is being transmitted among unvaccinated individuals in the region, and presents a serious public health threat in our communities. I look forward to learning more from public health officials on addressing the current outbreak in Oregon and Washington, efforts to prevent the disease’s spread, and strategies to support vaccination efforts and education.”

Since January 1, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 159 individual measles cases in 10 states. The majority of measles cases have occurred in Clark County, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, with 65 confirmed measles cases. Of those cases, 57 involved people who were not vaccinated against the disease, and 47 people infected were children between the ages of one and 10.

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