US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in NY

Monday, April 15, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. measles cases are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years. Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 a week ago.

While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the epicenter. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which is 97% effective. Other states reporting measles cases this year include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

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