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Health officials informed on Monday that an unvaccinated baby who was identified as having Measles, traveled through the Portland International Airport.
Coming home from overseas, the baby was at the airport the evening of March 24.
According to Multnomah County health officials, since most people have been vaccinated against measles, the overall risk to the public is low.
The illness still poses a threat, however, as it is highly contagious and can potentially be serious under the correct circumstances. It is an airborne contagion, so is spread through coughs or sneezes of someone who is infected.
A health officials symptom watch warning has been issued for people who were at the airport on March 24 from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. between now and April 14.
The baby’s primary care clinic is receiving assistance from public health officials, to ensure patients are notified of the risk of infection and receive follow-up care for the unvaccinated to mitigate the potential spread.