As thousands of fans descend into Phoenix for the upcoming Super Bowl, Arizona health officials are struggling to contain the state’s measles outbreak that has led to the monitoring of 1,000 individuals, including 200 children. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can live for up to two hours on a surface or in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed; the virus has a 90% transmission rate. This is particularly concerning given the number of people heading to Arizona for the big game.

To keep the disease from further spreading in the state, anyone who is not vaccinated against measles is being advised to stay out of public areas for 21 days; unvaccinated children in Phoenix’s Maricopa County are being asked to stay home from school or daycare for another three weeks to protect them against potential infection. The Phoenix health department will be conducting illness monitoring at urgent care centers, as well as monitoring poison control center calls related to Super Bowl events.

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