An international visitor has tested positive for measles in Maricopa County, Arizona, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). This case confirms a rise in measles cases both in the United States and abroad.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air. Those who are unvaccinated are at the highest risk of developing the disease if exposed to it. Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director for MCDPH, advises people to stay up-to-date with their vaccines and be aware of symptoms of measles.
The measles virus can survive in the air for several hours and may be transmitted to unvaccinated individuals even after an infected person has left a room. Almost everyone 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. Symptoms usually begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red or watery eyes before appearing three to five days later as a rash.
For more information on measles, readers can visit the MCDPH’s measles website. Additionally, readers are encouraged to submit their civil comments on this issue by emailing AZOpinions@iniusa.org.