An international visitor has brought a case of measles to Maricopa County, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. This news confirms that measles cases are on the rise in both the United States and overseas. Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air and can be transmitted to unvaccinated individuals even after an infected person has left a room.
Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director for MCDPH, urged people to stay up-to-date with their vaccinations and watch out for symptoms of measles. The measles virus can survive in the air for several hours and may cause illness in those who have not been vaccinated with the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine or had the disease in the past. Symptoms typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red or watery eyes, followed by a rash three to five days later.
For more information on measles and how to protect yourself and your family, visit the MCDPH’s measles website. Readers are also invited to share their thoughts on this issue by submitting their civil comments via email at AZOpinions@iniusa.org.