The Maricopa County Department of Public Health confirmed a case of measles involving an international visitor. This is happening as measles cases are increasing in the United States and overseas. Measles is highly contagious and can spread through the air. Those who are unvaccinated face the highest risk of developing the disease if exposed. Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director for MCDPH, emphasizes the importance of staying up-to-date with vaccines and watching for symptoms of measles, especially for those who are high risk or unvaccinated.
The measles virus can survive in the air for several hours and may still be transmitted to unvaccinated individuals even after the infected person has left a room. Nearly every person exposed to measles will get sick if they have not been vaccinated with the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine or had the disease in the past. Measles typically begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red or watery eyes, followed by a rash three to five days later. The rash often starts on the forehead and spreads to other parts of the body.
For more information on measles, visit the MCDPH measles page.
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