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2 additional measles cases confirmed in Maricopa County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illustration of a spherical measles virus particle.

Maricopa County Public Health has confirmed two new measles cases in the Valley.

They are believed to be connected to an international visitor who tested positive for the disease earlier this month.

Dr. Nick Staab is the assistant medical director for the county health department.

“So it can be transmitted very easily between unvaccinated people, and the really important thing here is that if you're vaccinated, you're very unlikely to get sick if you're exposed to measles.” “That means it's very low,” Staab said.

Common symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red or watery eyes. The rash usually starts on the forehead and then spreads, but the rash may appear within five days.

The county listed five more locations in the East Valley where people may have been infected, including restaurants and rental car stores.

According to the CDC, about 90% of people who come into contact with a measles patient without immunity become infected.

“Transmission stopped in the early 2000s, and we were hoping to get back to that point. So any single outbreak of measles would lead to a public health agency response,” Staab said. Ta.

Staab said measles vaccination rates have declined during the pandemic. The World Health Organization says herd immunity against a virus is typically achieved when 95 percent of the population is vaccinated.

Symptoms may appear 21 days after exposure.

Additional locations and symptom observation times are listed below.

Honey and Vine Restaurant at Sun Tan Mountain

  • 7101 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler
  • February 14th, 6pm to 11pm
  • Be careful of symptoms until March 6th

orlando car body

  • 3055 W. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
  • February 16th, 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Please be careful of symptoms until March 8th

enterprise rental car

  • 1312 E. Motorplex Loop, Gilbert
  • February 16th, 3:30pm – 6pm
  • Please be careful of symptoms until March 8th

caldwell county barbecue

  • 18324 E. Nunneley Rd., Gilbert
  • February 16th, 6pm to 9:30pm
  • Please be careful of symptoms until March 8th

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream — Queen Creek

  • 21182 S. Ellsworth Loop Rd., Queen Creek
  • February 17th, 6pm to 9:30pm
  • Be careful of symptoms until March 9th

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