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Officials: Two cases of measles confirmed in Arizona

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State and county officials have confirmed there are two cases on measles in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Pinal County Public Health Services District said the two cases are now recovering from measles.

One of the cases may have exposed the public May 21 at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa in between 6 pm. and 2:00 a.m. on May 22. Additionally, exposure may have happened May 22 at the Arco AM/PM Store on Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The other case did not have exposure to public places or pose a risk to others.

“We want people to be aware of their immunization status, and if they’ve been at either of those two places and come down with symptoms consistent with measles, we want them to call their health care provider,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of ADHS.

Measles is a highly contagious disease with symptoms such as a fever, watery eyes and a red, raised rash that starts on the head at the hairline and moves down the body.

The measles cases originated in the private Eloy Detention Center, according to ADHS. Seven more measles tests are taking place at the Arizona State Laboratory.

 

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