More measles cases: 195 children may have been exposed

Maricopa and Pinal Counties are reporting two more measles cases, both linked to the Disneyland outbreak -- and nearly 200 other valley children may be at risk.

The newest case in Maricopa County may have exposed kids at the Phoenix Children's East Valley Center between January 20th and 21st.

According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, they have confirmed an adult woman as its second case of measles.  She had exposure to the family from Pinal County with confirmed cases of measles and travel history to Disneyland, which was reported last week.

"As you would expect, the minute Phoenix Children's heard about a potential case of measles with exposure at one of their facilities, their team was immediately mobilized to identify and notify all who may have been exposed by this individual," said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for Maricopa County Public Health's disease control division.

"Getting your child's vaccinations on the recommended schedule is the most important way parents can protect children from infectious diseases, like measles," said Dr. Randy Christensen, medical staff president and director, ambulatory pediatrics, Phoenix Children's Hospital. "The measles vaccine is safe and effective. If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child's pediatrician."

You can only get measles once, so if you were sick with the virus as a child, you're immune and not 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

For more information on what measles is, how it's spread and where to find a vaccine:
www.maricopa.gov/publichealth/Programs/Measles/default.aspx

This is a developing story.  Stay with FOX 10 News for updates.

For more on the measles outbreak, head to FOX10Phoenix.com/measles.


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