Instead of waiting for lab results to confirm measles, the Pima County Health Department is responding quickly to suspected cases in an effort to control a measles outbreak that has grown to 16 confirmed cases since mid-February, health officials said.
The two most recent cases confirmed by medical authorities include a 3-month-old, said Rene Payton, a Health Department spokeswoman.
The most recent measles cases resulted from exposure in the community and are no longer directly connected to the Swiss patient who visited Northwest Medical Center's emergency room in February, Payton said.
Meanwhile, Amphitheater Public Schools plan to vaccinate dozens of teachers and staff members at Keeling Elementary School who have not been able to confirm their immunization status, said Todd Jaeger, Amphitheater Public School's associate to the superintendent.
Jaeger said the district learned Tuesday that one of the school's students may have measles. Two children at the elementary school were not vaccinated because their parents had signed vaccination exemptions.
Those two students and any teachers who do not get vaccinated or cannot prove that they've been immunized will not be allowed to return to the school for two weeks, officials said.
All other students had proof of their vaccinations.
Measles can result in serious complications. About 1 in 10 children with measles will also get an ear infection and about 1 in 20 will get pneumonia. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one will develop inflammation of the brain, risking permanent mental damage, and one or two will die, medical officials said.