PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed that a man traveling from Europe through Phoenix was unvaccinated and was infected with measles.
Officials with the health department said this individual visited several public areas between March 29-31, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Wildflower Bread Company.
The health department says measles is a highly-contagious viral illness that is easily spread through coughing, sneezing and through contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat, according to an emailed release.
Anyone who may have been in the same locations during the times that this individual was there may have been exposed to the virus, health officials said.
List of times and locations that the infected individual was at:
- March 29: Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport between hours of 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
- March 30: Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints in Cave Creek between hours of 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- March 31: Wildflower Bread Company near Hayden Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd in Scottsdale between the hours of 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- March 31: Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport between hours of 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Measles virus can survive in the air for hours and may be transmitted to another individual hours after the infected individual has left the area, according to health officials.
Officials did say that there is no concern for residents who may have visited these areas after the listed dates above.
Those who have been immunized for measles or have previously had the disease may be protected from contracting it again, said health officials.
Individuals should continue to monitor themselves for Measles symptoms:
- Fever (101 degrees F or higher)
- Red, watery eyes, coughing and a runny nose
- Rash that is red, raised and blotchy. The rash starts on the face at the hairline and moved down the body.
Symptoms typically appear 7-12 days after being exposed to the Measles virus, but may take up to 21 days, according to health officials.
What to do if you think you have Measles:
- Contact your healthcare provider by PHONE at let them know that you have been exposed to the measles virus.
- If you don't have a healthcare provider, please contact your local hospital before going into the emergency room.
View more information at wearepublichealth.org .