Kiva Elementary School student possibly exposed to measles

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Kiva Elementary School sent home letters to parents Friday notifying them about a student's exposure to suspected measles.

"I've been calling and asking every day if there's an update," said Sarah Prenzo. "But other than that, there's nothing that we can personally control."

Prenzo's little girl is in kindergarten at Kiva Elementary School.

"We thought it was important to still notify the parents in that specific community that there was the potential for the suspected case, again, off campus," said Scottsdale Unified School District spokeswoman Kristine Harrington.

The Kiva Elementary student is showing no signs or symptoms of the disease.

It is a family member of the student who has the suspected case, and the family is working with the Department of Public Health.

"There are no confirmed cases of measles associated with Kiva Elementary School. We have been working with a number of providers in Maricopa County, and there are many suspect cases of the measles, but the good news is the vast majority of them are turning out not to be measles," said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, director of disease control at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. 

She says schools and doctors need to report suspected cases to her department.

The Scottsdale Unified School District says it sent out the letter in an abundance of caution.

"We're all being vigilant and we're asking our parents, too, to be vigilant and be on the lookout and be aware of those signs and symptoms," Harrington said. "And we do recognize that we have a certain population of students that are not vaccinated."

And for Prenzo, her daughter is one of those who are not vaccinated.

She says no amount of information can be too much.

"They're just being very proactive," Prenzo said.

Right now, there are only two confirmed cases of the measles in Maricopa County.