The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has confirmed a single case of measles in an unvaccinated teenager from the Kenai Peninsula who recently traveled out of state to Arizona via Seattle, Washington. This makes Alaska the 29th state to have a confirmed case of measles in 2019. Read the full press release here.
If you think that you or someone in your family might have measles – call your healthcare provider. It is important to get care quickly, but make sure you call first and don’t go directly to the hospital, your doctor’s office, clinic or school. Providers will have specific instructions to prevent exposing others to infectious disease.