U.S. OUTBREAK OF MEASLES SURPASSES 980 CASES

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported a new total of 981 individual cases of measles across 26 states so far this year. It marks the highest number of cases since 1992, when 2,126 cases were reported for the year.

New Mexico is the latest state with a measles outbreak, though most cases have occurred in New York, Michigan and Washington State. The disease spread in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and in Rockland County, New York, before being carried to Michigan. A large outbreak in southern Washington State spread mostly among unvaccinated children under 10 years old. And in late April, hundreds of people were put under quarantine at two Los Angeles universities after an outbreak there.

Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 but the highly contagious disease has returned in recent years in communities with low vaccination rates. FULL STORY HERE