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PHOENIX (AP) — A measles outbreak at a federal immigration detention center in Pinal County will officially be over on Saturday.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2aYpKL9 ) that Saturday marks the end of a second 21-day incubation period since the last case of measles was confirmed at the Eloy Detention Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility managed by the Corrections Corporation of America.

Measles sickened 22 detainees and workers at the center since May 27, which is located about 60 miles south of Phoenix. Health officials say they typically wait 42 days after the last exposure before declaring an outbreak over.

Officials with CCA say all CCA and ICE employees at the facility have been vaccinated and as a precaution, new detainees continue to receive measles vaccinations prior to entering the facility.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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