A measles case was confirmed on July 16, 2019, in the Kenai Penninsula. An unvaccinated teenager who recently traveled to Arizona developed signs and symptoms of measles more than 10 days after returning to Alaska.

Measles is very contagious. In fact, 9 out of 10 people who have contact with an infected person will become infected. It spreads through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

Often measles is mistaken for a little rash and fever that will clear up in a few days, but it can cause serious health complications, especially in children under 5 years of age. There is no way to tell in advance the severity of the symptoms.

Protect yourself, your family and community from measles. The best protection against measles is immunization. Find recommendations from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination.html

Know the signs and symptoms of measles and be aware of possible exposure locations provided by the State of Alaska. If you suspect you or someone you know has measles call your healthcare provider immediately. It is important to get treatment as soon as possible but call first rather than going directly to your healthcare provider. They will give you instructions to prevent exposing others to infectious disease.

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