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State health officials keep eye on measles

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials are monitoring for cases of measles, especially in people who have been traveling in the Philippines.

KTOO reports (http://is.gd/ukpDbe) authorities in the Philippines declared a measles outbreak in Manila.

That's of concern in Alaska because there is a large Filipino population here, and many residents travel to the Philippines during the holidays or to help in post-typhoon relief efforts.

In 1996, Juneau had a measles outbreak with 63 confirmed cases. Anchorage had 30 confirmed cases in another outbreak two years later.

The state now requires two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for public school students.

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