Mercy Medical Center takes precautions against measles despite no outbreaks in Roseburg


    Mercy Medical Center takes precautions against measles despite no outbreaks in Roseburg

    ROSEBURG, Ore. - Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg is taking precautions due to the recent measles outbreak.

    The hospital is asking guests under the age of 12 and those who are not vaccinated to not visit the hospital.

    This is due to the rising number of confirmed measles cases in the Pacific Northwest.

    "We're hoping they're going to notice our signage that we have at both doors,” said Laurie Sieck, an infection prevention nurse. “As well, we went so far as to put signs at the entrance to our family birthplace as well as our surgical pediatrics unit.”

    Measles is a contagious disease caused by a virus. The symptoms, however, can be deceptive.

    "Usually, with a runny nose and a cough,” said Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, the Douglas County Public Health Officer. “Then the kids develop red eyes and fever. And on the third or fourth day of illness, they're pretty miserable with a high fever and then they develop the rash."

    Dr. Dannenhoffer says there are no known cases of measles in Douglas County, but it's important to get the vaccine just in case.

    "Even in modern times, about one or two out of a thousand kids who get measles will die,” said Dr. Dannenhoffer.

    And Mercy is asking people who may think they have the measles to do one important task before heading in.

    "Contact their primary care provider before going into either the urgent care or the doctor's office or the hospital so that we can set up precautions for them when they get here," said Sieck.

    Other people at high risk from the measles include pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

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