PHOENIX — Local health experts are cautiously optimistic that Valley residents were not infected by an unvaccinated European traveler who was sick with the measles.
“So far, so good,” said Dr. Bob England with Maricopa County Public Health. “I’m surprised. I’m really happy about it.”
The infected man visited several public places during his stay at the end of March. The typical incubation period for the illness is 21 days, however health experts don’t declare a health victory until a few days after the second incubation period passes.
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” said England. “Keep your fingers crossed.”
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases known to man and the virus can survive in the air even several hours after an infected person has left the area. The vaccine-preventable disease is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected individual.
Symptoms include red, watery eyes, cough and a runny nose. Many patients don’t suspect the condition is more than a typical cold until they develop a red, raised and blotchy rash which first appears on the face at the hairline and spreads downward.
According to Maricopa County Public Health, the infected traveler was in the following public areas during his stay:
• March 29: Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 4 from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
• March 30: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Cave Creek Chapel, 38008 N. Basin Road in Cave Creek (Cave Creek, Desert Ridge and Pinnacle Peak Wards) from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
• March 31: Wildflower Bread Company, 15640 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale from noon until 5 p.m.
• March 31: Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 4 from 3 p.m until 7 p.m.
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck
- 5 things to make your summer move easier
- Three elements of a strong timeshare exit guarantee
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas