When the first U.S. case of a new coronavirus spreading throughout China was confirmed last week in Washington state, public health workers were well prepared to respond, building on lessons learned during the outbreak of measles that sickened 87 people in the state in 2019.
Oregon health officials are calling “all-clear” after a rash of measles cases this fall.
In total, four cases were reported after a passenger flew back from Amsterdam on Oct. 12 with the disease.
Clark County is investigating another case of measles. An unvaccinated child returned from an international flight on Thursday, Nov. 14.
The Oregon Health Authority announced Saturday that there are two new cases of measles in the area after a person with the disease passed through the Portland International Airport earlier this month.
Multnomah County health authorities say a person with measles entered Portland through the airport last weekend, potentially exposing people who were also at PDX at the time.
Health officials are battling a new outbreak of measles in the Portland area.
SALEM – With more than 100 opponents of mandatory school vaccinations looking on, an undeterred Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday that removes non-medical exemptions for school-aged children.
The vaccination bill that has roiled the Oregon Legislature, spurred large protests and emotionally charged testimony will get a full vote in the state House of Representatives next week.
The controversial vaccination bill that would prohibit all but medically necessary exemptions has moved to the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives.