An international visitor has contracted measles in Maricopa County, according to the department of public health. This case confirms that the disease is on the rise not only in the United States but also overseas. Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air, and those who are unvaccinated are at the highest risk of developing it if exposed.
The measles virus can survive in the air for several hours, making it easy for unvaccinated individuals to contract the disease after an infected person has left a room. Almost everyone who comes into contact with measles will get sick if they have not been vaccinated with the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine or had the disease in the past. Symptoms usually begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red or watery eyes before a rash appears three to five days later.
For more information on measles and how to protect yourself and your community from its spread, readers can visit the MCDPH measles website. Additionally, readers can submit their civil comments on this issue by emailing AZOpinions@iniusa.org.