The latest from the CDC on number of measles cases


The number of measles cases in the United States is on the rise — again.

New numbers out Monday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal 60 more people were infected with the deadly disease, putting the total number of cases at 764.

That’s the highest number in 25 years.

23 states have reported at least one case of measles this year.

Health officials blame misinformation about vaccinations for the current rise in cases and urge people to get vaccinated.

The CDC recommends two doses of the MMR vaccine.

The first is when babies are between 12 and 15 months old.

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The second is when kids are between 4 and 6.

If you were born in 1957 or after, and you’ve never gotten measles or the MMR vaccine, you should get at least one dose of the vaccine.

Those born before 1957 don’t need to be vaccinated because health officials assume you either had measles or are immune to the virus.

Symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a sore throat.

New York is the hardest-hit state, with 716 cases reported since last October.

That’s when an unvaccinated child traveled to Israel and returned home with the deadly disease.

Health officials say the New York outbreaks in ultra-orthodox Jewish communities are the longest and largest since measles was eliminated in the U.S. back in 2000.

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