Measles Advisory from the Mass. Department of Public Health: Jan. 29, 2015

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CDC and Mass. DPH urge health care professionals to consider measles when evaluating patients with febrile rash and ask about a patient's recent international and domestic travel history.

From December 28, 2014 through January 21, 2015, more than 50 people from six states were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.  

Arizona has recently reported seven confirmed cases of measles related to the California outbreak, with hundreds exposed, and Washington State has reported two confirmed cases related to the California outbreak. There have been exposures in emergency rooms and public venues in Arizona (Maricopa and Pinal Counties) as recently as last week. State and county public health officials are working to identify those exposed.

The Super Bowl is taking place in Maricopa County this weekend, as is the Phoenix Open (PGA Tour). Arizona expects 1.4 million visitors to the area, including many Patriots fans from New England. The incubation period for measles ranges from 7 to 21 days after exposure to onset of fever; rash usually appears about 14 days after exposure.

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