2-Feb-15 12:45 PM  CST

More than 1,000 People Being Watched by CDC for Possible Measles Diagnosis in Arizona

Although the state of Arizona is gaining attention this week for hosting the most anticipated day of the NFL season, the Grand Canyon state is making headlines for other reasons as well. Arizona State Health officials announced earlier in the week that approximately 1000 residents, 195 of those children were being monitored for exposure to measles. Of course since the outbreak was announced and then linked back to Disneyland, the measles resurgence in the United States has made daily headlines.

67 cases have been positively linked back to exposure at Disneyland and Arizona has 7 confirmed cases. Three counties in Phoenix, Gila, Maricopa, and Pinal were the cases were confirmed are monitoring more than 1000 individuals due to possible exposure to the disease. Of course as thousands from across the country flood Phoenix for the Super Bowl concern grows that the disease will spread to the Eastern half of the United States.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that was though to be eradicated more than 15 years ago, but with some parents choosing not to inoculate their children, the disease has reared its ugly head again. Measles can spread quickly among crowds and those who have not been inoculated, are too young for inoculation, first dose is typically give between the ages of 12-15 months and a second dose around age 4 or 5, those who did not receive a second inoculation as a child, or those who even though they received the vaccine have been unable to build immunity to the disease.

Those who have not received a second inoculation of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine, are encouraged to see their health care provider for a second injection. Parents and others having questions concerning inoculation of their children should speak with their child’s health care provider or go the CDC’s dedicated site for vaccine information at, http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/default.htm

 

 

References:

CDC, (2015) “Vaccines and Immunizations”, http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/default.htm, retrieved, 31.January 2015

Turkewitz, J, (2015) “More than 1,000 in Arizona are watched for measles” New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/us/measles-outbreak-has-arizona-tracking-1000-who-might-have-been-exposed.html?ref=health, retrieved 31.January 2015


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Source: Sandy Andrews  

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