5th case of measles confirmed in Pinal County

The Pinal County Public Health Services District has confirmed a fifth case of measles in an adult male, who is now recovering.

Authorities say the man was exposed to an unvaccinated family of four that reside in the Kearny area.  Last week, the county stated the family was recovering from the virus.

Officials say this new cases raises the possibility that some Pinal County residents or others in the area may have been exposed to measles since the patient visited public locations while infectious.

Per the county's news release, "This case was born after 1957 and reported only having one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.  Two does of MMR are recommended in persons born after 1957."

If a person is not vaccinated or unsure of their vaccination status and visited these businesses during the timeframes below, contact the Pinal County Public Health Department at 520-509-3555 or 1-888-431-1311.

The patient visited these locations in Kearny:
Jan. 22: Big D's, 1113 Tillbury, 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Jan. 22: Gordon's IGA, 352 Alden Rd., 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Jan. 22: Kearny Health Mart, 338 Alden Rd., 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Jan. 22: Kearny Post Office, 388 Alden Rd., 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Jan. 23: Cactus Mini-Mart, 352 Alden Rd., 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

"We have already contacted these places of business this patient visited.  These businesses are assisting the health department by placing signs at their entrances to inform customers and employees that they could have been exposed if they were in these locations during specific timeframes" said Public Health Acting Director Kore Redden. 

According to the county, while the risk of developing infection after brief encounters with persons with measles is low, as a precaution, people who were in the locations above should review their vaccination history.  Those who haven't received the vaccine are at a higher risk for developing the virus and should talk to their health care provider.

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

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