Kiva Elementary School parents notified of potential measles case

Kiva Elementary School is at 6911 E. McDonald Drive. (File Photo)

Kiva Elementary School is at 6911 E. McDonald Drive. (File Photo)

Kiva Elementary School Principal Nick Noonan Friday, Jan. 30 sent a letter home to parents alerting them to a potential case of measles with a family member of a student there.

“There has recently been a suspected case of measles with a family member of a Kiva student. The family is currently under a physician’s care and is following all safety precautions,” Mr. Noonan said in the letter.

“While the Kiva student has not shown any signs or symptoms of and is not suspected to have the measles, we want to inform our community as a preventative measure.”

Kiva Elementary School is at 6911 E. McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed two cases of measles in Maricopa County.

“Both cases are linked to the exposure at Disneyland,” Mr. Noonan said in the letter.

Measles is a vaccine preventable viral illness that is highly contagious. It can easily be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. Measles can survive in the air for hours and can be transmitted even after an infected individual is no longer in the room/area.

You should be protected from measles if you were immunized by getting two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine, or if you have previously had the disease.

The Scottsdale Unified School District provided parents with pertinent information regarding the disease in the letter home to parents.

Signs/symptoms of measles:

  • Typically appears 7-12 days after exposure to measles but may take up to 21 days
  • Begins with fever (101 F or higher), red, watery eyes, cough, and runny nose
  • Followed by a rash that is red, raised and blotchy which begins on the face at the hairline and moves down the body; rash may last for 5-6 days and may turn brownish.

What to do if you think you have measles:

Contact your healthcare provider by phone and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles. They will let you know when to visit their office so as not to expose other in the waiting area. If you do not have a health care provider, you may need to be seen at your local hospital emergency room/urgent care center. Please call before going to let them know you may have the measles.

For more information on measles’ signs and symptoms or where you may get the vaccine, please contact your school nurse or visit www.WeArePublicHealth.org or www.StoptheSpreadAZ.com.

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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