Arizona facing major measles outbreak right before Super Bowl

Measles update: It’s affecting several states now (including CA, AZ, OR, UT, WA, NE and possibly PA) and in Mexico, prompting the CDC to issue a health advisory.

Arizona officials have confirmed seven cases just days before the Super Bowl is held there.

Officials: Up to 1K possibly exposed to measles in Ariz.

With as many as 1,000 people across three Arizona counties potentially exposed to the measles, state public-health officials are asking people who think they may have come in contact with the virus to isolate themselves.

In addition, they are asking those who may have been exposed not to show up at doctors’ offices, emergency rooms or urgent-care centers, where others could be exposed to the highly contagious virus, which can linger in the air for two hours.

The possible exposure rate of 1,000 people is tied in large part to those who may have come in contact with 195 children who Maricopa County health officials say were exposed to measles between Jan. 20 and 21 at the Phoenix Children’s East Valley Center in Mesa.

Officials concluded that one family contracted the disease from Disneyland. The Disneyland measles outbreak has now spread to eight states and Mexico.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 84 people in 14 states were diagnosed with measles from Jan. 1 through 28. Most were infected either at Disneyland or by someone who went there.

That means the USA had more cases of measles in January than it usually has in an entire year, says Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general. About 15% of measles patients have been hospitalized.

“This has the potential to get really huge. We don’t know how big this will get.”
Dr. Claire McCarthy, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Most of the infected people had not been fully vaccinated, she says.

Thanks antivaxxers! YOU did this. Dr. Steve Novella notes that this outbreak has the anti-vax contingency on the defensive when the inevitable has occurred, previously unheard of diseases have come raging back.

Arizona measles outbreak caused by stupidity, not virus.

Arizona Tries to Contain Measles Outbreak Days Before Super Bowl

Measles kills 145,000 people around the world each year. For every 1,000 cases of measles, two to three people die and/or can develop pneumonia, deafness or encephalitis.

California is sending kids home from schools if they can not prove they are protected. Is this inconvenient? Yes. Necessary? Yes. This is SERIOUS stuff. Get vaccinated.

Super Bowl measles infection was also a concern in 2012.

Measles | Cases and Outbreaks | CDC.

Measles virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library

Measles virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library

Good ol’ Onion: I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back

  6 comments for “Arizona facing major measles outbreak right before Super Bowl

  1. Edward
    January 30, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    I’m feeling psychic today. I predict a lot of people from New England and Seattle are going to travel to Arizona this weekend and bring their children with them, who will take a special Superbowl gift of the measles back home with them. If I had kids I would definitely NOT take them to a big crowded sports arena in Arizona.

  2. busterggi
    January 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Right-wing talking heads are blaming this on “Obama importing infected vermn from Mexico”. Its a good thing they keep saying they aren’t racists or I’d never guess.

  3. kiljoy616
    February 1, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Who know this may be a good thing for the long term stupidity flowing over the country. Then again some people just never learn.

  4. Edward
    February 2, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    I hate to see anyone’s children catch a potentially life threatening disease, but I can’t help but agree with you. It may take deaths of Dr. Sears patient’s children to really get to him. Denial is a powerful thing, however. I wish the medical board of California would discipline him at the very least.

  5. Graham
    February 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Rumors are now being spread claiming that the first infected persion was either:

    a) Vaccinated

    or

    b) An illegal migrant

    Snopes.com has all the details of the claims and why they are bogus.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/patientzero.asp

  6. Richard
    February 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    In an interesting twist, an attorney in Michigan who is representing 4 children removed their abusive/neglectful parents is petitioning to have their immunizations updated.

    http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2015/02/03/measles-vaccine-family-neglect-oakland-county-brian-kenny-daniel-bagdade-attorney-oakland-county/22827221/

    This is pertinent because Michigan is one of the states having an outbreak of measles traced back to Disneyland, and Michigan also allows very “generous” (i.e. foolish) vaccine-avoidance options (philosophical, religious, besides legitimate medical).

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