The latest measles outbreak in Arizona may have football fans running from the Super Bowl and other heavily crowded events.  Dr. Bob England with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health says there’s nothing to worry about.  He says contracting the measles virus in large crowded areas such as

the Super Bowl is very, very low.  In fact, it’s less contagious than catching the flu or a cold. He maintains “if you weren’t worried about going outside to a crowded area yesterday, than you shouldn’t be worried about it today.” 

England says the Health Department is working diligently to contain the virus to the 200 families that have been exposed to measles which is roughly one-thousand people.  Everyone is being told to stay indoors during the incubation period of 21 days.  Home confinement should stop the virus from spreading and “nip it in the bud.”

The best way to combat the virus is to be vaccinated.  The measles is spreading to non-vaccinated individuals.  If you’ve been vaccinated, you should be safe from contracting the virus. 

Kris Dugan