measles

Alaska public health officials are investigating a confirmed case of measles infection in a resident of the central Kenai Peninsula. Genetic testing at the Alaska State Virology Laboratory for measles virus was positive.

An unvaccinated local teenager who traveled to Arizona developed symptoms of measles after arriving back in Alaska earlier this month, and non-immune persons who were in close proximity to the infected person may be at risk of developing measles.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is raising the alarm over the on-going measles outbreak in Oregon and Washington State.

Saying those are common embarkation points for travel to Alaska, state public health officials are urging Alaskans to make sure that their immunizations are current, including the MMR, or measles, mumps, Rubella vaccine.

The state has more vaccine information online, or, Central Peninsula residents can call the Kenai Public Health Center at 335-3400.