PDX traveler diagnosed with measles


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A traveler who “passed through” Portland International Airport on October 12 has been diagnosed with measles, the Multnomah County Health Department said Thursday.

This person “recently spent time in countries where measles is common and had not been immunized against the virus,” authorities said. This is the 15th confirmed case in the county this year, the most since 1991.

A child with measles. (KOIN)

The exposure at PDX happened between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. this past Saturday, specifically in international arrivals and immigration and passport control.

Other areas of the airport at that time are considered “very low risk,” officials said.

In a statement, Dr. Jennifer Vines with the Multnomah County Health Department said the person hasn’t exposed anyone else since arriving in Portland. “They have been in close touch with the health department and have been careful to stay away from others.”

People who are vaccinated against the measles are considered to be protected.

Others considered immune include:

Those born before 1957
A doctor diagnosed them with measles
A blood test proves they’re immune
They’ve been fully vaccinated

Anyone who is not immune and was exposed should contact their doctor.

Multnomah County Health Department info on measles

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their local county health department:
Multnomah County Public Health: 503-988-3406

Washington County Public Health: 503-846-3594

Clackamas County Public Health: 503-655-8411

Clark County Public Health: 564-397-8182

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