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Rise in US measles cases is blamed on unimmunized travelers

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3478 (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3478
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

This week measles cases reached a new high in the United States since the disease was declared eradicated in 2000, approaching a level not seen since 1996, when there were 508 cases for the year.

On 16 May the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 216 cases in 2014 so far, compared with 220 in all of 2013.1 And on 20 May Ohio’s state health department reported 22 more cases, totaling 111 cases this year in Ohio, which has had the largest outbreak in the nation.2 The cases in Ohio brought the US’s total measles cases to 236 so far this year.

The CDC said that measles had been reported in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, …

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