PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — An international visitor infected with measles may have exposed others while dining at multiple locations across the Valley last month, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
On Monday, MCDPH said that the person was infected with measles while having breakfast on Jan. 27 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at a breakfast buffet at The Garden Grille and Bar inside the Hilton Garden Inn Chandler Downtown at 150 S. Arizona Avenue. Later that day, the person went to Twin Peaks Camelback at 2135 E. Camelback Road from 2-5 p.m. MCDPH says anyone at those locations during that time may have been exposed to measles.
The investigation is complete, and MCDPH is notifying people who may have been potentially exposed and those who may have been exposed after the person was hospitalized for symptoms of measles. “Measles is highly infectious, potentially serious, and completely preventable,” said Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director for MCDPH. “Anyone who may have been exposed at these locations should watch for symptoms through Feb. 17.”
Measles usually begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose or red/watery eyes, followed by a rash that starts three to five days after symptoms first appear and spreads from the forehead to other parts of the body. “We encourage residents to stay up-to-date on their vaccines to prevent spread of the disease and the potential of serious symptoms,” said Dr. Staab.
MCDPH says it can take up to 21 days after their last exposure for a person infected with measles to start showing symptoms. If you feel like you are experiencing symptoms of measles, MCDPH advises you to self-isolate and call your doctor, urgent care, or a hospital for treatment. For more information on measles, visit MCDPH’s website.
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