August 18, 2018
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ says it is important to make sure you are fully immunized against measles. (Courier, file)
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Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but scattered outbreaks have occurred in recent years. This year there have been five outbreaks — in New York, Texas, and Washington State for a total of more than 120 cases.
State and county health officials are warning Northern Arizona residents about the threat of potential exposure to the measles virus after an out-of-state visitor with measles traveled through the area during early August.