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Health officials warn of measles threat in Northern Arizona

August 19, 2018

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, including Mohave County, during early August.

Although Arizona Department of Health officials said this week there are currently no known cases of measles in the state, the out-of-state visitor may have exposed people at seven different locations in Sedona as well as a restaurant in Kingman between Aug. 6 and Aug. 8.

According to the health department, the out-of-state visitor was at Sedona’s Slide Rock State Park and a nearby resort on Monday, Aug. 6. On Aug. 7, the same person visited a restaurant, market, mechanic and car rental business in Sedona.

On Aug. 8, the out-of-state visitor was at a restaurant in the 3500 block of Stockton Hill Road, Kingman.

“It is extremely important to make sure you are fully immunized against measles,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “We know measles circulates in other parts of the world. There is always a possibility that visitors to tourist destinations in Arizona could introduce measles into our state, which is one of the reasons why measles vaccination is so important.”

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