U.S. records 33 new measles cases in one week as outbreak concerns grow

U.S. records 33 new measles cases in one week as outbreak concerns grow

Thirty-three new measles cases were recorded in the United States last week, most of them in New York, federal health officials said on Monday, bringi

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Thirty-three new measles cases were recorded in the United States last week, most of them in New York, federal health officials said on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed cases this year to 1,077 in the worst U.S. outbreak of the virus since 1992.Story continues below

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease rose 3 per cent in the week ended June 20 from the prior week. The 2019 outbreak, which has spread to 28 states, is the worst since 1992, when 2,126 cases were recorded.READ MORE: New York state ends religious vaccination exemptionsAll but three of the 33 new cases occurred in New York, with 20 in Rockland County and 10 in New York City, a CDC spokesman said. According to New York City and State health officials, the state has recorded hundreds of cases of the virus since September.Health experts say the virus has spread among school-age children whose parents declined to give them the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the disease. A vocal fringe of U.S. parents, some in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, cite concerns that the vaccine may cause autism, despite scientific studies that have debunked such claims.WATCH: WHO issues measles warning in Europe

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