Nick Staab, the assistant medical director at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, has stated that a case of measles has been confirmed from an international visitor. This news comes at a time when cases of this highly infectious disease are on the rise both in the United States and overseas.
The department became aware of the case through its routine lab reporting activities. As per Staab, measles is very easy to spread and concerns have been raised about additional cases. Efforts are underway to investigate this particular case to understand more about the exposure and best inform the public.
The measles virus can linger in the air for several hours and can infect unvaccinated individuals long after an infected person has left a room. Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, and a rash. Staab emphasizes the importance of staying up to date on vaccinations to prevent further spread of this disease.