In Maricopa County, a case of measles has been confirmed among an international visitor. This news underscores the fact that measles cases are on the rise in both the US and overseas. As a highly contagious disease, measles is spread through the air and those who are unvaccinated are at the highest risk of developing it if they come into contact with an infected person.
To encourage people to stay healthy, Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director for Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), advises everyone to keep up-to-date with their vaccines and be aware of symptoms of measles. The MCDPH website provides more information on this topic, including how long the virus can survive in the air and how it is transmitted to unvaccinated individuals after an infected person has left a room.
Almost everyone who comes into contact with 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 a rash appears three to five days later. If you have any concerns about your health or would like to share your thoughts on this issue, you can submit civil comments by emailing AZOpinions@iniusa.org