Measles cases on the rise in Arizona, potential exposure area expanded

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Health officials in Arizona say the number of confirmed cases of measles has spiked.

Initially, officials believed that two people were diagnosed with the measles.

Over the weekend, that number jumped to 11 cases and authorities are expanding the potential exposure area.

“This is an evolving situation, and given how contagious measles can be, public health will continue to update our communities on places of potential exposure,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “People who have a rash and fever must call their health care provider or emergency department before going to let them know they may have measles. This is vital to help stop the further spread of the disease.”

Authorities say symptoms generally appear seven to 12 days after exposure. However, they can take up to 21 days to manifest.

“It’s so contagious people can catch it after going into a room two hours after someone with measles has been in it,” Christ told KPHO.

Last year, the battle over vaccinating children came to the forefront when a measles outbreak was reported at Disneyland in California.

Many of the patients who became sick had not been vaccinated.

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