8 more measles cases confirmed in Pinal Co.

Posted at 9:50 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-29 07:25:35-04

The number of measles cases stemming from an outbreak at a private detention center has reached double digits.

State health officials announced Saturday night lab test results confirmed eight additional cases.

Officials first announced the outbreak at an Eloy facility on Thursday along with the first two confirmed cases, bringing Saturday's total to ten.

The Pinal County Public Health Services District has issued a county-wide alert, as one of the new cases visited several locations in the Casa Grande area from May 15 through May 22, officials said in a news release. 

The new cases visited the Apostolic Assembly - The Faith, on Frontier Street in Eloy, on several occasions, including Sunday, May 15 from 1 - 5 p.m., Monday, May 16 from 6 - 10 p.m. and Wednesday, May 18 from 7 - 10:30 p.m. People may have also been exposed on Tuesday, May 17 at the Villa Oasis High School graduation in Toltec from 6 - 9 p.m. or at unit 7 of the Cottonwood Medical Center in Casa Grande from 1 - 5:30 p.m. on May 18.

Previous locations where those later confirmed to have measles spent time includes Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino and the Arco AM/PM on East Florence in Casa Grande.

A fever, red, watery eyes and a runny nose compliment the red rash that is raised and blotchy and a hallmark of those infected with measles. Those who think they may have the disease are asked to call their doctor before going in to warn that they may have measles.

Anyone who has received two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines or were born before 1957 and received one MMR vaccine are immune to contracting measles.

Through the end of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there had been a total of 10 cases in the U.S. in 2016.