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Measles cases continue to decline


The number of measles cases reported in the United States dropped for the fourth month in a row in August after reaching a peak of 341 in April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Measles cases reported to the CDC by month, 2019

A total of 24 measles cases were confirmed in August, and the total for the year is now 1,241 cases in 31 states. Only seven of those cases were added during the most recent reporting week, which ended Sept. 5, but five were older cases that had just been reported, the CDC said Sept. 9.

With the ending of the measles outbreak in New York, announced Sept. 3, the largest of the three remaining active outbreaks in the country is in Rockland County, N.Y., just north of the city, which has reported 312 cases since it began in 2018.

The two other outbreaks are located in El Paso, Tex., where six cases have been reported so far, and Wyoming County in western New York State, where five cases have occurred.

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