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Maricopa County is particularly vulnerable to a measles outbreak, researchers say

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Steve Benson/Arizona Mirror

By Jim Small | Arizona Mirror

A new study published by The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a prominent medical journal, lists Maricopa County as one of the U.S. counties most likely to experience a measles outbreak.

The study, produced by the team of researchers that in 2015 correctly predicted where the Zika outbreak would strike, ranked Maricopa County No. 6, behind two counties – Queens in New York and King in Washington – that have already had measles outbreaks this year.

The researchers looked at population size, rates of non-medical exemptions from vaccination and incoming international air travel volume.

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