The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed a measles case from an international visitor, adding to the rising number of cases circulating in the U.S. and overseas. According to the department’s assistant medical director, Nick Staab, they were made aware of the situation through routine lab reporting and are concerned about the potential for additional cases. As public health officials, they are working to investigate this particular case and gather more information about the exposure in order to best inform the public.
The measles virus is highly contagious and can remain in the air for several hours, posing a risk to unvaccinated individuals long after an infected person has left a room. Symptoms of measles include fever, a runny nose, and a rash. Staying up to date with vaccinations is crucial in preventing the spread of this disease. Staab emphasized the importance of public awareness and the need for individuals to keep current with their vaccinations.