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We consider multirate sampled-data output feedback control of a class of nonlinear systems using high-gain observers where the measurement sampling rate is made faster than the control update rate. We show that, in the presence of bounded disturbances, given a sampled data state feedback controller that achieves stabilization with respect to a closed set, the multirate output feedback controller recovers stabilization of the same set provided the measurement sampling rate is sufficiently fast. As an application we consider the control of smart material actuated systems. This scheme combines a discrete-time high-gain observer with a hysteresis inversion controller where the hysteresis is modeled using a Preisach operator. Experimental results for the control of a shape memory alloy actuated rotary joint are provided.