Arizona health officials reported Friday on an additional measles case associated with the private detention facility in Eloy. This is the 18th case reported from Pinal County and the 19th case reported in the outbreak overall.


Health officials note a possible exposure area at the Walgreens on 2785 N Pinal Ave in Casa Grande. The potential exposure date and time is Tuesday, June, 21, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that mainly affects children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Initial symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after infection, and include high fever, runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. Several days later, a rash develops, starting on the face and upper neck and gradually spreading downwards.

Measles can be prevented by immunization. There is no specific treatment, and most people recover within 2-3 weeks. However, measles can cause serious complications, including blindness,encephalitis, severe diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia, particularly in malnourished children and people with reduced immunity.