The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has reported two new cases of measles in Oregon, one identified as a Lane County resident, and the other as a visitor to Washington County.
Both were on the same flight from Amsterdam to Portland, and have been connected with another diagnosed patient who passed through PDX on October 12. According to the OHA, none of these cases were fully vaccinated against the disease.
“Measles is a highly infectious disease, and it doesn’t take much to spread it from one person to another, particularly in the close quarters of an airline flight,” says Ann Thomas, MD, an OHA public health physician. “It’s a good reminder of how important it is to make sure all adults and children in your household are up to date on vaccines.”
Most Oregonians have been vaccinated, says the OHA, and thus run a low risk of infection. However, they encourage anyone who may have been exposed and exhibit symptoms to contact their health care provider or urgent care center by telephone. Symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes and rash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year has seen the highest number of measles cases since 1991: 1,250 nationally, 27 of which came from Oregon.
The OHA has provided a list of exposure sites:
- Saturday, Oct. 12
- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Portland International Airport, Delta Air Lines Inc., Flight 0179 from Amsterdam (AMS) to Portland (PDX)
- Wednesday, Oct. 23
- 4-7:00 p.m., Blue Mist, 1400 Valley River Dr., Suite 130, Eugene
- 6-9:00 p.m., North Fork Public House, 2805 Shadowview, Eugene
- Sunday, Oct. 20
- 12:15-3:45 p.m., Wu’s Open Kitchen, 15660 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard
- 4:45-8:00 p.m., Costco, 25900 SW Heather Pl, Willsonville
- Wednesday, Oct 23
- 1:15-3:45 p.m., Tous Les Jours, 11735 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton
- 1:45-4:15 p.m., Starbucks inside Target, 10775 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton
- Monday, Oct. 21
- 12:15-2:45 p.m., Trader Joe’s, 15391 SW Bangy Rd, Lake Oswego
By Brandon Urey