Measles - Oregon, USA

Health authorities in Clark County, Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, have identified a case of measles in an infant who arrived by airplance from India. Authorities are recommending that as many as 50 or more persons who were exposed be vaccianted against measles. Exposures occurred at the Portland International Airport and two Vancouver medical offices. At the airport, the infant was in the Horizon Airlines terminal, in Concourse A – gates six through 12, and in baggage claim area 2 – between 7:20 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities believe about 130 people may have come into the vicinity of the boy at the Evergreen Pediatric Clinic and in the pharmacy/outpatient lab at the Southwest Washington Medical Center on Valentine's Day.

While ther risk to travellers is low, measles is a highly contagious infection and travellers should ensure their childhood vaccinations are up-to-date.

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