United States may lose measles elimination status due to outbreaks
Posted: 9:42 AM, Aug 29, 2019
NEW YORK - 1958: In this handout from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the skin of a patient after three days of measles infection is seen at a New York hospital in 1958. Measles outbreaks have been reported throughout the U.S., with the latest reported February 5, 2015 at a daycare in suburban Chicago where as many as five children under the age of one have been infected. (Photo by CDC via Getty Images)
The United States could soon lose its measles elimination status. A director at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there's a "reasonable chance" the U.S. will lose its measles-elimination status in October because of ongoing outbreaks in New York.
A measles outbreak in New York City started in September of last year and has caused more than 600 confirmed cases of measles. An outbreak in nearby Rockland County, New York has caused more than 300 cases.
Twenty-nine other states have had measles outbreaks in the past 12 months but those were much more short-lived than the ones in New York.
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