- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Public health officials in Oregon’s Lane County say they have confirmed a case of measles that’s believed to be related to a California outbreak linked to visits to Disney theme parks in Orange County during the winter holiday.

Spokesman Jason Davis says the case involves a Eugene man in his 40s who went with his family to a Disney park in the outbreak area, traveled back to Eugene, began displaying symptoms and went to a medical provider.

Davis says he believes this is the first Oregon case linked to the Disney parks outbreak. It’s the first measles case in Lane County since 2007.

Several dozen measles cases have emerged in California, the states of Utah, Washington and Colorado, and Mexico.

The virus spreads easily by air. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and a blotchy rash.

Lane County health officials are trying to determine how many people may have been exposed. Davis cautions that anyone who might have measles should stay home and call a health care provider, rather than going to a doctor’s office and exposing others.

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