2 new measles cases recorded at Portland, Oregon airport

posted on 28th October 2019 by Eddie Saunders
2 new measles cases recorded at Portland, Oregon airport

The Oregon Health Authority announced Saturday that two people have been diagnosed with measles after coming in to contact with a passenger on an international flight at Portland International Airport who was contagious with the viral illness.

The Oregon Health Authority said Monday that one resident of Lane County and one visitor to Washington County were on the same Delta flight that landed in Portland from Amsterdam on Oct. 12.

Neither person had been fully vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

Health authorities in April declared a measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest had passed after there had not been any new cases in six weeks, but now are urging people to call a health care provider or urgent care center if they think they may have been exposed to measles or are experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough, red eyes or a rash.

Since then, there have been scattered cases in both states and in the Idaho Panhandle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have documented up to 1,250 cases, including 86 cases in Washington. Oregon has seen a total of 27 cases.

Routine childhood immunizations include a series of two shots to provide measles immunity.