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Measles (Rubeola)

Measles rash covering child's arm and stomach -  Courtesy of CDC

Measles is a highly contagious viral respiratory illness.  Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes followed by a rash over most of the body. Pneumonia develops in one out of 20 infected people, and one or two will die for every 1,000 infected people.

A highly effective vaccine has resulted in a dramatic reduction in measles cases and deaths worldwide. However, outbreaks and deaths continue to occur, primarily related to overseas travel and unvaccinated individuals.  

Alaska Surveillance Data

After an absence of almost 15 years, a confirmed case of measles was diagnosed in Fairbanks on June 9, 2015.  The case-patient had recent travel history to central Asia.  Providers are reminded to always ask about travel history in patients with acute rash illness and be aware of measles as a possibility.

Providers must report suspected measles cases immediately to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at (907) 269-8000.

Resources for the General Public

Resources for Healthcare Providers

Measles is a public health reportable condition in Alaska.  Report suspect cases immediately to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000. 
Infectious Disease Program Resources

Archived Measles Public Health Alerts and Updates​