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What you need to know about the U.S. measles outbreak
The United States so far this year has recorded 1,022 cases of measles in 28 states, the worst outbreak since 1992, when 2,126 cases were recorded.
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March 28, 2019
Federal health officials attribute this year's outbreak to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children....
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A woman opposed to childhood vaccinations takes part in a demonstration in West Nyack
Federal health officials attribute this year's outbreak to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. These parents believe, contrary to scientific evidence, that ingredients in the vaccine can cause autism.

Pictured: A woman opposed to childhood vaccinations takes part in a demonstration after officials in Rockland County, a New York City suburb, banned children not vaccinated against measles from public spaces, in West Nyack, New York, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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April 25, 2019
The largest outbreaks are concentrated in New York City, which has recorded at least 566 confirmed cases...
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People walk past a sign advising about a measles outbreak in the Brooklyn Borough of New York
The largest outbreaks are concentrated in New York City, which has recorded at least 566 confirmed cases since September, primarily in the Orthodox Jewish community in the Williamsburg neighborhood, and Rockland County north of New York City, which has recorded at least 259 cases. Those figures include infections from last year and are not directly comparable to the CDC numbers.

Pictured: People walk past a sign advising about a measles outbreak in Brooklyn, New York, April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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April 11, 2019
Other outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are ongoing in California, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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Signs warn people of measles in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg
Other outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are ongoing in California, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Pictured: A sign warning people of measles in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg, is seen in New York, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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March 21, 2019
The disease is highly contagious and can be fatal, killing one or two of every 1,000 children who contract...
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One-year-old Bella Huang cries as medical assistants secure her legs for a series of vaccines at the...
The disease is highly contagious and can be fatal, killing one or two of every 1,000 children who contract it, according to the CDC. It can also cause permanent hearing loss or intellectual disabilities. It poses the greatest risk to unvaccinated young children.

Pictured: One-year-old Bella Huang cries as medical assistants secure her legs for a series of vaccines at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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February 09, 2019
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning there was no continuous transmission...
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Girl receives a vaccination for measles and rubella at her school as a six-day immunization campaign...
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning there was no continuous transmission of the disease for a year. Still, cases of the virus occur and spread via travelers coming from countries where measles is common.

CDC officials have warned that the country risks losing its measles elimination status if the ongoing outbreak, which began in October 2018 in New York, continues until October 2019. Measles remains common in some countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, and unvaccinated travelers to those countries can bring it back to the United States. The current outbreaks are believed to trace back to visits to Israel and Ukraine.

Pictured: A girl receives a vaccination for measles and rubella at her school in Sanaa, Yemen February 9, 2019. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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April 09, 2019
New York City officials said at least 27,074 people have received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine...
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Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during news conference on measles outbreak in New York
New York City officials said at least 27,074 people have received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in affected areas since the outbreak began in October. The city has begun fining unvaccinated adults.

Pictured: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference declaring a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn in response to a measles outbreak, requiring unvaccinated people living in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines, in Brooklyn, New York City, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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March 21, 2019
To achieve herd immunity that protects those unable to get the measles vaccine, such as infants and people...
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A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health...
To achieve herd immunity that protects those unable to get the measles vaccine, such as infants and people with compromised immune systems, 90% to 95% of the population needs to be vaccinated.

Pictured: A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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