New measles case in Washington child who visited Portland airport

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Officials say an unvaccinated child in southwestern Washington has contracted the measles after traveling internationally.

Clark County Public Health officials said Wednesday that the child passed through the Portland International Airport and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver Nov. 14 while contagious.

The child also visited Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17.

The agency warned that people may have been exposed to the virus. Anyone exposed who is susceptible to the virus could start having symptoms between Nov. 18 and Dec. 9.

Officials urge anyone who believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider to make a plan that avoids exposing others.

Clark County has had 72 confirmed measles cases this year.

Measles is highly contagious. The U.S. has experienced a resurgence of the illness that’s fueled by outbreaks in unvaccinated communities.