Health Department Confirms First Alaska Measles Case in 15 Years
Based on this man’s travels, there could thousands of infected individuals.
Alaska Dispatch News
June 9, 2015
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Tuesday confirmed the state’s first measles case since 2000 and urged Alaskans to review and update their vaccinations.
Health officials say a middle-aged Fairbanks man likely contracted measles while traveling in Mongolia. He left Mongolia on May 29 and traveled through Seoul, South Korea, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, chief of the Alaska Section of Epidemiology.
The man then spent a night and most of May 30 in Seattle before leaving for Alaska on a 9 p.m. flight. His flight landed in Fairbanks at 12:30 a.m. May 31 and did not stop in Anchorage, McLaughlin said.
Several days after arriving in Fairbanks, the man developed a rash. On Tuesday, laboratory tests confirmed he had measles, McLaughlin said.