The number of measles cases in the outbreak associated with the private detention facility in Eloy has grown by two Friday, according to Arizona state health officials, bring the total to 16.

The two additional cases, both from Pinal County, do not pose a risk to the public, health officials note. To date, 15 cases have been reported in Pinal County while the other case was reported in Maricopa.

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.