MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials say there is a confirmed case of measles in the state.
State Health Officer Scott Harris says a case of measles was confirmed Thursday in an infant under 1-year-old in St. Clair County. The infant was not old enough to have been immunized.
“This is not an outbreak situation,” Harris said.
It is the first confirmed case in Alabama after concerns about a resurgence of measles in several parts of the country. Harris says most of those outbreaks involved people who traveled internationally and brought the illness into areas with large numbers of unvaccinated people.
“We know the child was not in a daycare,” Harris said.
State health officials are still investigating the Alabama case and if any people were exposed while the child was contagious.
Harris says the best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated.
“Typically, measles starts off with a fever and can be a very high fever. Sometimes as high as 105 degrees,” Harris said.
According to the CDC, so far this year, there have been around 700 cases of measles confirmed in 22 states. That’s the highest number of infections in America since 1994.