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U.S. measles cases up to 159 for the year


Reported measles cases are now up to 159 for the year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Number of measles cases reported to the CDC

The most recent reporting week, which ended Feb. 21, brought another 32 cases of measles and one new outbreak of 4 cases in Illinois. The total number of outbreaks – an outbreak is defined as three or more cases – is now six, and cases have been reported in 10 states, the CDC said Feb. 25.

The majority (17) of those 32 new cases occurred in Brooklyn, one of New York state’s three outbreaks this year. The largest of the 2019 outbreaks is in Washington state, primarily in Clark County, and is up to 66 cases after 4 more were reported in the last week by the state’s department of health. The outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought the disease to the United States.

There are now two measures “advancing through the [Washington] state legislature that would bar parents from using personal or philosophical exemptions to avoid immunizing their school-age children. Both have bipartisan support despite strong antivaccination sentiment in parts of the state,” the Washington Post said on Feb. 25.

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