Case of measles confirmed in person who traveled throughout the Portland metro area

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Laboratory testing confirmed a case of measles in an individual who traveled for a week throughout the Portland metro area on Saturday.

Oregon Health Authority is working with local public health agencies to notify individuals of their potential exposure and to inform them of steps to take should they become ill.

“The bad news is that measles is a serious disease, the good news is that if you've been vaccinated you're well protected,’’ Paul Cieslak, MD, Medical Director for Communicable Diseases for the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division said. “This is the second time this summer that someone arrived in the Portland area sick with measles.”

At this point, no additional cases of measles have been identified, OHA said.

Officials confirmed the case on Friday, in a person who was infectious and spent time in the Portland metro area from July 30 to Aug. 6.

Public health officials said they working directly with area businesses where the sick individual spent time.

The risk may be higher for unvaccinated persons who were in these locations: July 30, PDX Airport, 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. July 31, Leno Medoyeff Bridal, 710 Northwest 23rd Avenue., Portland, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Tom’s Pancake House, 12925 Southwest Canyon Road., Beaverton, 7-9:30 a.m. Aug. 2, Max Red Line, Beaverton Transit Center to Pioneer Square, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 2, Max Red Line, Pioneer Place to Beaverton Transit 5:30 p.m.5:30p.m. -6 p.m. Aug. 5, Verde Cocina, 5515 Southwest Canyon Court., Portland, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Public health officials expect symptoms in anyone newly infected to appear any time over the next two weeks. There is no connection between this case and the measles cases that occurred in Multnomah County in June and July.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their county health department.

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