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Portland travelers were infected with measles, health officials say



Someone who traveled to Portland this summer was infected with measles, and health officials are working to alert people who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Oregon Health Authority on Saturday said the traveler was in the Portland area July 30 through Aug. 6. Officials confirmed the case on Friday.

The highly contagious virus easily spreads to those who have not been vaccinated and spreads through the air after someone has coughed or sneezed, said the health department. People who have measles can spread the virus before showing symptoms, the agency said, and the virus can stay in the air for hours after an infected person has left the area.

Most people in the area have been vaccinated and have a low risk, said the health department. The agency said unvaccinated people who were in the places listed below at the indicated times could be at a higher risk.

  • 30th July, Portland International Airport, 1
    4: 15-3: 45.
  • 31st July, Lena Medoyeff Bridal, 710 N.W. 23rd Avenue, Portland, 15:30 to 17:30
  • Aug. 1, Tom's Pancake House, 12925 S.W. Canyon Rd., Beaverton, 7-9: 30 pm
  • Aug. 2, MAX Red Line, Beaverton Transit Center to Pioneer Square, 12: 30-1: 00
  • 2, MAX Red Line, Pioneer Place to the Beaverton Transit Center, 5: 30-6 pm
  • Aug. 5, Verde Cocina, 5515 S.W. Canyon Ct., Portland, 14.00-16.00

Public health officials expect newly infected people to show symptoms over the next two weeks, the health department said in a press release.

The agency said there is no link between this measles case and other cases in Multnomah County in June and July.

Symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose and a rash that typically first appears on the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

The virus can cause ear and lung infections, diarrhea and possibly brain swelling if left untreated.

If you think you are infected, call a doctor or emergency room first before you visit, so that people in the waiting room are not exposed to the virus. Questions about the virus can be directed to the local health authorities in the county.

  • Clinton County (503-655-8411)
  • Washington County (503-846-3594) [19659006] Clark County (360-397-8182) [19659011] – Jim Ryan

    Molly Harbarger of the Oregonian / OregonLive staff contributed to this report


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