U.S. measles outbreak sets record for post-elimination era

May 29, 2014 4:11 PM

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The ongoing measles outbreak in the United States has reached a record for any year since the disease was considered eliminated 15 years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday, with 288 cases of the potentially deadly infection in 18 states.

The largest measles clusters are in Ohio (138 confirmed cases), California (60) and New York (26), according to the CDC. Almost all — 97 percent — have been brought into the country by travelers, mainly Americans, who contracted the disease abroad. About half of those were people who picked up the d...

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