Arizona has confirmed two cases of measles associated with an Eloy Detention Center this week.
Public health is always ready to respond. We’re following our standard protocols and response plan for measles investigation to make sure we reduce the chance of disease spread and rapidly identify new cases. Epidemiology and nursing staff here and at local health departments are making sure healthcare providers are on the lookout for measles cases and rapidly report any suspect cases to public health for follow up and testing.
The primary interventions are to make people aware of potential exposures, identify contacts of cases and make sure providers think measles as part of their differential and know what to do when a patient presents with what could be measles. If someone is sick and may have been exposed to measles we encourage them to call their provider ahead of time so the office can make sure that patients in the waiting room won’t be exposed and that all their staff are adequately vaccinated.
Of course, the best prevention is immunization- and this is why it is so important to keep our vaccination rates up. People are considered immune if they have received two measles, mumps, and rubella