The Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Pinal County Public Health Services District have confirmed 11 cases of measles stemming from an outbreak at a private detention center in Eloy, Arizona.
“This is an evolving situation, and given how contagious measles is, public health will continue to update our communities on places of potential exposure,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, in a May 30 press release. “People who have a rash and fever must call their healthcare provider or emergency department before going to let them know they may have measles. This is vital to help stop the further spread of the disease.”
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, symptoms appear seven to 12 days after being exposed, but can take up to 21 days. Symptoms begin with a fever of 101 or higher, red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose and is followed by a rash that is red, raised, and blotchy. The rash starts at the hairline and moves down the body, and can last five to six days.
In a blog post confirming the measles cases in Arizona, Christ pointed out that measles is one of the most communicable diseases there is, with a 90 percent chance of non-immune people who are exposed contracting it. Measles is a viral disease of the “upper respiratory system that is spread in the air and through droplet spread if the person coughs or sneezes. It can linger in the air, exposing people, for up to two hours,” she said.
People are immune if they have received two measles, mumps, and rubella [MMR] vaccines or were born before 1957 and have received one MMR vaccine.
Exposures have been identified at:
Denny’s, 1851 E Florence Blvd Casa Grande, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on May 18.
Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 1741 E Florence Blvd Casa Grande, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on May 18.
Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 1741 E Florence Blvd Casa Grande, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on May 19.
Daily between May 20, 2016 and May 29, 2016: Circle K, 2382 N Pinal Ave Casa Grande.
Safeway, 1449 N Arizona Blvd, Coolidge, from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 20.
Golden Corral, 2064 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, from 8 to 11 p.m. on May 20.
Ross, 1004 N Promenade Pkwy, Casa Grande, from 9 p.m. to midnight on May 20.
Walmart, 1741 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on May 20.
Corner Store, 2182 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on May 20.
Friday, May 27, 2016: Cheddars, 2530 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, from 5 to to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2016: Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 North Maricopa Road in Maricopa from approximately 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, May 22, 2016: Arco AM/PM Store, 2245 East Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Multiple visits to the Apostolic Assembly - The Faith, 424 E. Frontier Street in Eloy on Sunday May 15 from 1to 3 p.m., Monday May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday May 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016: Villa Oasis High School graduation, 3740 N Toltec Road in Toltec from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information about the signs and symptoms of measles, or where to get vaccinated, visit StoptheSpreadAZ.com.