US Measles Cases Highest Since 2001

Total of 64; CDC worries about people shunning vaccine
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 1:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Measles, once nearly eradicated in the US, appears to be regaining a foothold. The CDC reports at least four outbreaks under way, with at least 64 cases in nine states—the most since 2001. The new cases probably originated in other countries and incubated in pockets of non-immunized US children, the Washington Post reports. If people continue to shun vaccines, large-scale outbreaks are possible, the CDC says.

"I am concerned. This is different from what we have been seeing in the last few years," said the CDC director.