CDC Reports Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak Since Year 2000

NPR.org | 4/24/2019 | Staff
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A sign at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., explains the local state of emergency caused by a measles outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 695 measles cases in 22 states.

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"This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000," says a CDC statement issued late Wednesday.

The agency attributed the high number of cases primarily to a few large outbreaks — one in the state of Washington and two others in New York state. The New York outbreaks are among the largest and longest-lasting since 2000.

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"The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States," the CDC said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that the rise in measles cases is "avoidable."

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"Measles is not a harmless childhood illness, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease," he said. "We have the ability to safely protect our children and our communities. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products...
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