The number of confirmed measles cases reported in northern Portugal has grown to 70 cases, according to a the Directorate General of Health (DGS) update (computer translated). An additional 29 cases remain under investigation.
Directorate-General for Health and National Institute of Health, Dr. Ricardo Jorge reports the majority of the cases (87 percent) were registered in health professionals, many linked to the Santo António hospital in Porto.
All patients were adults, 14% are not vaccinated and 9% had incomplete vaccination.
Update: Northern Portugal measles outbreak rise to 66 cases
How contagious is measles? Answer: Very
Measles is a disease caused by a virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Measles virus is highly contagious and can remain so for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces. Symptoms of measles are rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.