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Measles outbreak nearing largest in two decades

A measles outbreak gripping the U.S. is on track to become the biggest in nearly two decades, with 71 new measles cases recorded last week alone. Colette Luke has more.

UNITED STATES (CBSA, REUTERS, CBS) – A measles outbreak gripping the U.S. is on track to become the biggest in nearly two decades…

That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recorded 71 new measles cases in a report released Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 626 in some 22 states…

That total is just 41 cases short of the high set during the last serious outbreak in 2014…

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN:

“It worries me that measles is popping up around the world…a disease that we almost eradicated from our populations.”

More than half of the recent cases have occurred in and around New York City, many in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.

Measles is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications and death… It was declared eradicated in 2000 through vaccinations, but has staged a comeback in recent years.

Despite scientific evidence to the contrary ..a growing, vocal group of parents are opposing vaccinations, believing some vaccine ingredients can cause autism or other disorders.. Medical experts are urging parents to get their children vaccinated.


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