Last week, AllKids Urgent Care pediatrician, Dr. Sheena Banerjee, visited AZ Family studios in Phoenix to talk about the measles outbreak in Arizona. While there, she talked about the symptoms of measles and gave tips on prevention and what to do if you think your family has been infected. Here are some quick take aways from her visit:
About the Measles
Measles spreads fast – 90% of non-immunized people will get the disease
Measles is a viral infection so there is no specific treatment
Measles starts with fever, cough, congestion, red eyes and then the rash
13 confirmed cases in Pinal County – started from Eloy Detention Center (at time of broadcast on 6/1/16)
Complications can include pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death
If you have a fever and a rash, please call your physician as soon as possible
Arizona Medical Association urging physicians and medical offices to take precautions – wear mask, ask doctor to come out to you, etc.
Vaccination is the only guaranteed prevention
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