By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Alaska state health officials are reporting a confirmed measles case in an unvaccinated teenager from the Kenai Peninsula who recently traveled out of state to Arizona via Seattle, Washington. The last confirmed case of measles in an Alaskan patient was diagnosed in 2015 in Fairbanks.
Before the person was diagnosed with measles, they were in the following public locations. These times include the period when the person was at the location and two hours after. Measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after someone infectious with measles leaves the area. Anyone who was at the following locations during the times listed could have been exposed to measles:
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) says only people who may have been exposed and are not already immune to measles either by adequate immunization or from having the disease in the past are at immediate risk.
DHSS epidemiologists and Kenai Public Health Center nurses have informed restaurant management and health care professionals at those facilities of the confirmed measles case so those who may have been exposed and are not already protected can take the necessary preventative measures. Epidemiologists have also been in contact with health officials in Arizona and Washington. It’s not yet known specifically where the exposure occurred.
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