CDC reports increases in cases of measles

"There has been an abnormally high number of measles cases reported in the U.S. this year, mostly related to outbreaks in countries visited by American travelers, according to the CDC.  The vast majority of the 118 cases reported through May 20 (89%) are either directly or indirectly tied to foreign travel, researchers from the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases reported online in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  And most of those cases stemmed from outbreaks in Europe and Southeast Asia

'The increased number of measles importations into the United States this year underscores the importance of vaccination to prevent measles and its complications,’ the researchers wrote, adding that children and adults who remain unvaccinated not only place themselves at risk but increase the risk of spread to vulnerable community members. That includes infants who are too young to be immunized and individuals with medical contraindications to vaccination.”

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