Arizona Confirms More Measles Cases Stemming From Eloy Facility

[U.S. Centers for Disease Control photo]

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Pinal County Public Health Services District have confirmed a total of ten cases of measles in Arizona that originated in the private Eloy Detention Center.

Seven inmates, and four staff members at the facility, which houses illegal immigrants are confirmed to have the disease.

Officials initially confirmed two cases on Thursday. Officials report that both of those victims; one detainee and one staff member, are recovering. The detainee spread the disease to a member of the staff, who had been vacinated.

Public health has issued a community wide health alert for Pinal County as one of the new cases visited multiple locations in and around Casa Grande from May 15 through May 22.

“It’s extremely important that people who have a rash and fever call their healthcare provider or emergency department ahead of time to let them know they may have measles,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “This will help stop the spread of measles, especially to those who are more at risk of developing complications.”

Public exposure for the new case includes:

•Multiple visits to the Apostolic Assembly – The Faith, 424 E. Frontier Street in Eloy on Sunday May 15 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Monday May 16 from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, and Wednesday May 18 from 7:00 PM until 10:30 PM.

•Tuesday, May 17, 2016: Villa Oasis High School graduation, 3740 N Toltec Road in Toltec from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

•Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Cottonwood Medical Center, 560 North Camino Mercado, Unit 7 in Casa Grande from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

Previously reported public exposure from another case includes:

•Saturday, May 21, 2016: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 North Maricopa Road in Maricopa from approximately 6:00 PM until 2:00 AM (May 22).

•Sunday, May 22, 2016: Arco AM/PM Store, 2245 East Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande from 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM.

Symptoms appear seven to 12 days after exposure but may take up to 21 days. It begins with fever (101 F or higher), red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose and is followed by a rash that is red, raised, and blotchy. The rash begins on the face at the hairline and moves down the body and may last five to six days.

Late last year, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was blasted for stating that people who are entering the country illegally without being screened for measles and U.S. citizens who don’t get vaccinated were factors in the increase in measles cases. At the time, Carson said the increase was due to a “combination of noncompliance and introduction into our society of people who perhaps haven’t been well screened.”

The Hill reported that “Carson said he wasn’t trying to speak in code when he was asked by CNN host Chris Cuomo if he was turning the measles debate into an immigration debate.”

“It’s not code, and I’m not trying to make it into any particular argument. I’m stating what the facts are,” he replied to Cuomo according to the Hill. “The facts are that there are people in our country who have become lax in terms of their vigilance, getting their kids immunized, and we have people coming in who are not necessarily being properly screened. That’s not making it an issue, it’s stating facts.”

Staff with other illegal immigrant shelters have expressed concerns with healthcare screening procedures, but those concerns have been ignored by fderal and state health officials in the past.

“Measles is a highly contagious yet vaccine-preventable disease,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “It is spread through the air and through coughing, sneezing, and contact with mucus or saliva from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person.”

You may be protected from measles if you were vaccinated for measles or if you have previously had the disease. You are immune to measles if you have received two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella [MMR] vaccines or were born before 1957 and have received one MMR vaccine, according to Christ.

Health care providers are required to report suspect cases of measles to their local health department.

The illness begins with symptoms which include fever (101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose. A rash that is red, raised, and blotchy appears after several days. The rash begins on the head at the hairline and moves down the body.

“Symptoms can appear up to 21 days after exposure,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director and disease control administrator for Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “Based on what we know now for the above exposures, if you have not developed measles symptoms by June 13, 2016, you have not been infected. A person with measles is considered to be contagious as soon as symptoms start and can last four days after the rash appears.”

What to do if you think you have measles:

If you have a health care provider, contact them by phone and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles. They will let you know when to visit their office so as not to expose others in the waiting area. If you do not have a health care provider, you may need to be seen at your local hospital emergency room/urgent care center.


  1. If you aren’t sure about Clinton or Trump, just get yourself a CLUMP and get the borders closed already.

  2. Billy B- chicken pox and shingles are the connected viruses-not measles.

    A doctor told me a patient has to be at least age 50 to get the shingles vaccine. CDC recommends getting it at age 60 as shingles mostly presents in people older than that if it’s going to. The vaccine doesn’t cover a lifetime against shingles. Not everyone who gets chicken pox gets shingles.

    A friend of mine got shingles in her 30’s.

    On the measles, with such a long incubation period, why is there no routine quarantine? Without that, current policy of open door means infectious diseases aren’t going away.

  3. oh a case of the everybody runs… and TRUMP is the cure ? Oh man it’s a terrible disease

  4. The democrats & republicans have given us the UNIPARTY. A good shot of TRUMP will clean it up.

  5. The Devil you say, if you’re not Shingles vaccinated and your exposed to Measles you get a painful experience with Shingles? “Roll another one, jus like the other one” what you think your thinking is if you are exposed to Chicken Pox and have not had a Shingles vaccine you might get Shingles – Boink*@1 ^ – which I’m not sure is true, that said, I got Chicken Pox by being exposed to an older person with Shingles, (my grandmother) which gave me Chicken Pox. Am I now immune to “Shingles”? Two for one?
    I’ve all all the Measles as a child – same for the mumps – Chicken Pox – Empentigo ? (spelling) – it is interesting that the mark of Mexican is a vaccination mark on the shoulder for “Small Pox” which most Americans don’t have.. which may be that the Mexicans are better inoculated than the Americans.. hmmmm – then again – if you get the polio oral vaccine and cough – someone not vacinated could get polio from you, meaning your spreading the disease to them.. unless you got the shot, then you are not contagious during this period – Things that may make you go ‘hmmmmmmmmm’

    • You’re right, it’s chicken pox, not measles! My bad and what I get for trying decaff!

  6. Dang ! Right in the middle of the tourist season for Eloy and this happens!!! Just goes to show you…

  7. Dr. Carson is absolutely correct, that immigrants, whether legal or illegal, who have come to the US without vaccinations such as the one for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), have put the rest of us citizens in danger. I hope that everybody has had their Shingles vaccination. If not and you are exposed to someone harboring the Measles, you’re in for a very painful experience with Shingles.

  8. Welcome to transformed America. It’s going to take TRUMP a while to clean out the mess this UNIPARTY has created. Buying stock in hazard waste uniform companies might be a good idea because they’re going to be a hot item when we start cleaning up the filth now invading our country. Build the dang wall already and send ’em home.

  9. Yup, when you come from a third world country that doesn’t have the healthcare system that the US has then you bring all your crap with you and our government just doesn’t care about its citizens that pay their salaries. All they want are the votes and cheap labor. Who cares if people get sick or die. They got what they wanted. Absolutely pathetic.

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