Pinal County Measles case believed to be linked to Disneyland

The Pinal County Public Health Services District has identified four cases of measles in one family that traveled to Disneyland in December. 

Officials say all four family members were unvaccinated and reside in the Kearny area.

"This is a case where a family that has decided to not vaccinate their children are experiencing the consequences of that decision in a very real way" said Public Health Director Tom Schryer.  "These cases of measles will trigger a very intensive effort on the part of public health throughout the state and nation to identify others that they had contact with who are also unvaccinated so we can stop the transmission of this serious disease."

Schryer added, "Parents who make the decision to forgo vaccination for measles need to know that the complications from this disease are serious. One child of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) which can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or mentally retarded. For every 1,000 children who get measles 1 or 2 will die from it. When making medical decisions it is imperative that we look at all of the risks involved and the science shows that vaccination saves lives so I urge all parents to immunize their children for measles - it can save your child's life.  It is very important to also note that children under the age of 1 years old are unable to be vaccinated.  This age group needs to be protected from exposure.  This reason alone is why parents should not take their infants to Disneyland."

Per the county,  they are in the process of identifying individuals who may have been exposed and is working closely with the Arizona State Department of Health Services and other related organizations to notify those at risk.

Symptoms:

  • Typically appear 7-12 days after exposure to measles but may take up to 21 days

  • Begin with fever (101° F or higher), red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose

  • Followed by a rash that is red, raised, and blotchy. The rash begins on the face at the hairline and moves down the body. The rash may last for 5-6 days and may turn brownish.


What to do if you think you have measles:

  • If you have a healthcare provider, contact him/her 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. Please call before going to let them know you may have measles.

See what measles looks like; advice for travelers, frequently asked questions:
www.cdc.gov/measles

Pinal County Public Health immunization web site:
www.pinalcountyaz.gov/publichealth/Pages/Immunizations.aspx
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