Feb 1, 2015 5:38 PM by News Staff
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Health officials have disclosed that patients at a health center in Mesa were exposed to a measles outbreak that originated at California's Disney parks nine days before the first alerts to the public.
The Arizona Republic reports health officials say they did not disclose the Jan. 11 exposure, involving a visit by a Pinal County measles patient to Phoenix Children's Hospital's East Valley Center, because they thought the exposure was small enough to contain without alarming the public.
Officials say 18 people were exposed at that time.
The first alert regarding the center was issued on Tuesday, after a Maricopa County measles patient possibly exposed 195 people Jan. 20-21 at the same health center. Officials now say as many as 1,000 people in three counties could have been exposed.
Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.