Officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services have confirmed an additional measles case, bringing the total to 14 cases.


The new case resides in Maricopa County and is tied to the private detention facility in Eloy. The person is no longer infectious and does not pose a risk to the public.

The other 13 cases were reported in Pinal County.

LISTEN: Measles: A primer with Erin Archer Kelser, RN, BSN, CIC

Measles or rubeola, is an acute highly communicable viral disease that is characterized by Koplik spots in the cheek or tongue very early in the disease. A couple of days later a red blotchy rash appears first on the face, and then spreads, lasting 4-7 days. Other symptoms include fever, cough and red watery eyes. The patient may be contagious from four days prior to the rash appearance to four days after rash appearance.

The disease is more severe in infants and adults. Complications from measles which is reported in up to 20% of people infected include; seizures, pneumonia, deafness and encephalitis.