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Measles cases exceed 100 in US outbreak

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 03 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h622
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Since the beginning of the year, 102 cases of measles have been reported in the United States in what has grown to be a multistate outbreak involving 14 states, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on 2 February. Of these cases, 92% have been linked to two Disney amusement parks in southern California, they noted.

Investigators believe that an unknown person who had contracted the disease abroad visited the parks in late December, triggering the outbreak.1 Most of the cases affected people who had not been vaccinated against the disease.

Measles had been declared eliminated from the US in 2000, and from 2001 to 2010 the country saw a median of …

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