Arizona residents warned of potential exposure to measles

[U.S. Centers for Disease Control photo]

On May 1, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Pima County Public Health Department announced that an out-of-state visitor with measles traveled to Tucson between April 17 through 29 and may have exposed the public to the disease.

The person was potentially contagious and may have exposed the public on Monday, April 29, 2019, at the Tucson International Airport, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

In March, officials confirmed a one-year-old in Tucson had been diagnosed with measles. The infant had recently traveled to Asia.

“Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease that can spread quickly, so if you or your child are not vaccinated against the disease and you were at the Tucson International Airport, there is a risk of getting measles,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “If you develop signs of measles, including high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, or a rash, stay home and call your healthcare provider so you can schedule a time to be seen. 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 or urgent care center. Please call before going to let them know you may have measles.”

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles symptoms appear seven to 12 days after exposure but may take up to 21 days to appear. 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.

 

Measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination. The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective.

Officials advised that people are immune to measles if you have received two doses of the MMR vaccines or were born before 1957 and have received one MMR vaccine. Health care providers are required to report suspected cases of measles to their local health department.

4 Comments

  1. Congress has stated that vaccines are unavoidably unsafe. How can the author of this article write this propaganda? Stop being such a tool.

  2. I’ve had the measles as a kid,had a booster later in life. All 3 of my kids were vaccinated, all 7 of my grand kids and my great grand child have all been vaccinated and they’ve been fine. Same goes for the children of my 7 brothers and sisters. So I just don’t get the danger of the measles vaccine.

    • Don’t just reference your own experiences….you need to hear the facts from those parents of vaccine injured children and also research other data from the cdc and vaccine compensation program website that is easily/readily available online. Some people may not be adversely affected and some may only be affected with a minor auto-immune condition and some may be killed. Vaccines are a medical procedure and we have the right to informed consent for medical procedures including vaccines but that generally is not the practice today

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