Case of measles case reported in Anchorage

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage has seen its first case of measles since 1998, according to state health officials.

The Alaska Division of Epidemiology said a 33-year-old Anchorage woman went to a hospital emergency room on Monday, complaining of fever and a spreading rash.

Lab reports confirmed the disease the following day.

Since it takes about two weeks for measles symptoms to surface after contact, people exposed may not start getting the red spots until later this month or early in May.

The last measles cases in Anchorage were part of a school-based outbreak that affected more than two dozen people. The outbreak led to more stringent vaccine measures for schoolchildren across the state.

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