California measles outbreak possibly linked to Philippines, officials say

February 18, 2015 7:12 PM

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California measles outbreak possibly linked to Philippines, officials say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A measles outbreak that has sickened at least 113 people in California after surfacing at a Disneyland resort involves a virus strain that also caused an outbreak in the Philippines, but it is too early to tell if the two waves of illness are related, health officials said.

The measles outbreak that began in late December renewed a debate about some parents' decisions to not vaccinate their children over fears about potential side effects of vaccines, which were largely fueled by now-debunked research suggesting the inoculations have a link to autism.

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