Cases of measles, a highly infectious disease, are on the rise both in the United States and overseas. This has been confirmed by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, which recently reported a case from an international visitor. The department became aware of the case through routine lab reporting activities.
Nick Staab, who is the assistant medical director at the county health department, has emphasized that measles is very easy to spread. Concerns about additional cases have been raised and efforts are underway to investigate this particular case to understand more about the exposure and best inform the public.
According to Staab, symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, and a rash. He stresses the importance of staying up to date on vaccinations as the virus can linger in the air for several hours and infect unvaccinated individuals long after an infected person has left a room.