Measles Strike Again

The number of measles cases in our state has now reached 20. The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) confirmed the latest case is associated with the Eloy Detention Center in Pinal County.


Along with confirming the new case of the measles, AZDHS, also released five more places, including two in Maricopa County, where people might have been exposed.              

Saturday, June 18, 2016

  • Earnhardt Toyota Scion, 6136 E Auto Loop Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • American Furniture Warehouse, 4700 S Power Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.      

Sunday, June 19, 2016

  • Boston’s, 804 N Cacheris Court, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, from 12 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Walmart, 1741 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sam’s Club, 2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194, from 2 to 6 p.m.          

KNXV-TV in Phoenix put together a short video on our state’s measles outbreak which began about one month ago. Click here or on the picture below to watch the video.


The Phoenix New Times quoted Joe Pyritz of the Pinal County Health Department as saying health officials have no idea how the outbreak started. “We don’t know who Patient Zero is — if it was a detainee (at Eloy Detention Center) or a person who works there,” he (Pyritz) says. “Our epidemiologists haven’t been able to pinpoint it.”

If you think you may have the measles, the AZDHS website suggests you do the following:

  • 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 or urgent care center. Please call before going to let them know you may have measles. For more information on measles’ signs and symptoms or where you may find vaccine, please check with your healthcare provider or your county health department.

The rash for which measles is known breaks out within three to five days of those initial symptoms appearing.

Let us know what your community is doing to deal with the outbreak. We will continue to update this story as we get new information. These types of public health situations remind us that communication is one of the key elements in our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!


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